Ray Wilkins downplays Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte clash of words

Ray Wilkins downplays Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte clash of words

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Ray Wilkins has downplayed the clash of words between Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho and Chelsea’s Antonio Conte ahead of the two clubs meeting.

The pair of Premier League giants will go head to head later today with both managers meeting for the first time since their ‘incident’.

Mourinho had initially stated he’s a calmer boss nowadays and doesn’t feel the need to act like a clown on the touchline.

Conte took it to mean that the Portuguese manager meant it was himself the words were referred to and the pair then practically berated each other.

Wilkins though believes there’s not much in it and that it’s simply a case of both bosses protecting their own selves as well as clubs.

According to the Mirror, Ray said: “When you meet them they are both very nice human beings. What they do is protect their own. It is a bit like a family. You look after your kids.

“No-one else can have a go at your kids but you can. And this is what they do. That is the way it is unfortunately. That is the way they are.

“These two appear to get on the least well of all the big managers now in the Premier League.”

United head into the match in poor form when all things are considered and will have to be at their utmost best to beat the Blues.

Having the home advantage might swing the match in Jose’s favour but the players must still perform with fans frustrated with their big match displays.

The Red Devils in particular will be aiming to recover from losses to Newcastle and Tottenham in the league.

If they have any hope of retaining their spot in second place then they must defeat both Antonio’s men and Liverpool.

Both rivals are fighting for a spot in the Champions League places and if Manchester United lose to both, they may find themselves out of the top four spots.

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