Jose Mourinho insists his rivalry with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will not affect his management of Manchester United.
The Portuguese boss faced Guardiola in the El Clasico during their time in charge at Real Madrid and Barcelona but will now face each other in the Manchester derby.
Both teams have suffered a disappointing season and will be looking to try and mount a title challenge after appointing two of the best managers around the world.
Speaking about their rivalry, he claims he will be focused on his job and won’t be distracted by Guardiola.
“[What has happened in the past] does not allow me to be innocent. For two years Pep and I were in a league where the champion would be either me or him, Real Madrid or Barcelona,” he said.
“In a situation like this, individual fights make sense because they can influence things. [But] in the Premier League, if I focus on him and Manchester City, and he on me and Manchester United, someone else is going to win the league.”
During their time together in Spain, Guardiola won the Champions League and the Fifa Club World Cup. He and Mourinho each won one La Liga title, one Spanish Cup and one Spanish Super Cup.
Guardiola’s first game as City manager will be against Untied in a pre-season friendly in Beijing on 25 July, knowing the history behind them I expect both managers to show just how important their rivalry is to them when we meet.
It’s a massive upgrade of the matchup between Louis van Gaal and Manuel Pellegrini. They’ll both need to address the issuess within their squads, but the fact that both clubs will now be managed by two of the biggest names in the game adds a huge amount of pressure to the football in Manchester.