Can Professor Wenger Break The Jose Mourinho Curse At Old Trafford?
It has been 13 matches since Wenger beat Mourinho when they first clashed in 2004. The intense rivalry among the two managers has been quite overwhelming as they have exchanged comments both on and off the pitch in recent years.
Arsene Wenger has a huge opportunity to grab his first win at Old Trafford since 2006 as Manchester United are struck with injury crisis. Jose Mourinho has 6 of his players sidelined as the star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic faces a suspension after picking up his 5th yellow card.
Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling are the two centre backs who are out. Anotonio Valencia joins the list at the back as he recovers from a broken arm.
Maroune Fellani and Luke Shaw are also doubtful for the highly anticipated clash. Though Mourinho will bank on the young starlet, Marcus Rashford who should be keen to step in the boots of Ibrahimovic.
Asene Wenger saw 11 of his players deployed on full International duty last week as he will be looking for a rare win after his players returned home fit and determined.
The pair almost came to blows on the touchline during the 2014-15 season, but Wenger has no intention of stoking the fire now that Mourinho is in charge of the Red Devils.
“I don’t think I have to describe our relationship,” the 67-year-old told reporters in Thursday’s press conference. “He fights for his team, I fight for mine.”
“You do not play against a manager, you play against a team – that’s the important thing.”
Arsenal currently sit fourth in the Premier League table, six points above United after 11 games.