Fireworks expected as Mourinho and Wenger go head to head
Saturday sees a Premier League clash of titanic proportions and not just because of the quality of players on show.
Manchester United Vs Arsenal has been a highlight fixture for both sets of fans and neutrals alike. Passions flare, Crowds roar and whoever emerges victorious will be hailed as hero’s and no doubt hyped as Champions elect.
When Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge of Manchester United, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was his arch nemesis, and the two were often at loggerheads with one another.
However, since Ferguson’s retirement, it is reported the two have become friends. As is often the case when sporting enemies stop becoming rivals and one of them steps out of the limelight. It is almost as if they miss the feuds and often come to realise that they fell out due to a large amount of respect and desire to beat one another.
Alex Ferguson may have gone but unfortunately for Wenger, Manchester United now have Jose Mourinho in charge and it is hard to see Arsene and Jose ever truly seeing eye to eye.
The pair have bickered, insulted and generally shown a genuine lack of disregard for one another that even retirement may not be able to repair ever since Mourinho’s much vaunted arrival in England.
Mourinho has accused Wenger of being a voyeur, Wenger has accused Mourinho of being ‘disconnected with reality’, Mourinho called Wenger a ‘Specialist in failure’, Wenger called Mourinho ‘Stupid’. The list goes on and on.
All of this makes Saturdays game a salivating prospect but what can we expect?
Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United are 6/5 favourites according to Sun Bets and that will be aided by Jose’s far superior record over his rival Wenger and home advantage.
The pair have met fifteen times and Wenger has only ever beaten Mourinho once (the 2015 Community shield match) which adds an extra element of spice to an already fiery affair.
That said, Manchester United have certainly been below par in recent years and still find themselves in a period of transition that Mourinho is under pressure to put right quickly.
Arsenal sit just two points off joint leaders Liverpool and Manchester City and are unbeaten since their opening day defeat to Liverpool (a run of ten unbeaten matches in the league).
Arsenal’s current form could leave Wenger with one of his best opportunities to silence Mourinho in his own back yard.
For once, the talking may be done on the pitch.