Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been accused of a very deliberate snub against Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho at a recent coaches conference.
The pair were in attendance for a meeting of Europe’s top managers at Uefa headquarters last week, and it seems there is still plenty of bad blood between them.
Wenger and Mourinho have clashed on a number of occasions, with Arsenal and Chelsea
Having clashed both on the touch line and in the press in the past, Wenger now made little effort to alter his behaviour during this convention in Nyon.
According to Marca, Mourinho tried to take a seat next to the the Gunners boss, before being told to move on by the Frenchman.
Wenger vs Mourinho
Mourinho on Wenger:
‘Wenger has a real problem with us and I think he is what you call in England a voyeur. He is someone who likes to watch other people. There are some guys who, when they are at home, have a big telescope to see what happens in other families. Wenger must be one of them – it is a sickness. He speaks, speaks, speaks about Chelsea.’
‘Wenger complaining is normal because he always does. Normally he should be happy that Chelsea sold a player like Juan Mata, but this is a little bit his nature. I think what is not fair is that his team always has the best days to play.’
‘He is a specialist in failure. I’m not … eight years without a piece of silverware, that’s failure.’
Wenger on Mourinho:
‘He’s out of order, disconnected with reality and disrespectful. When you give success to stupid people, it makes them more stupid sometimes and not more intelligent.’
‘I know we live in a world where we have only winners and losers, but once a sport encourages teams who refuse to take the initiative, the sport is in danger.’
It is not entirely clear if the Portuguese asked if the seat was free or merely tried to take it anyway, but it prompted Wenger to say: ‘No, it is not possible,’ before an awkward silence and some laughter.
It was clearly a bad day out for Mourinho, with video footage previously showing he was also snubbed by Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane at the meeting.