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Mourinho offers thoughts on timing of Pep’s Pogba claims

Date published: Friday 9th November 2018 10:52

Jose Mourinho is unsure as to whether he is one of few managers that can get under the skin of Pep Guardiola.

Mourinho and Guardiola have had a long and storied rivalry dating back to their respective times in Spain.

The two have faced off 21 times – more than either Mourinho or Guardiola have come up against any other manager – with their first meeting coming in September 2009.

They met when Mourinho took over at Real Madrid the following year to challenge Guardiola’s Barcelona dynasty, and are again locked in a fierce battle in the Premier League.

Their last meeting saw Mourinho secure his fifth win over the Spaniard, with United coming from two goals down to win 3-2 at Old Trafford.

Paul Pogba scored twice in that game, with Guardiola having spent much of the build-up to the game revealing that he had been offered the Frenchman in January.

Mourinho described those comments as a “mistake” after Pogba’s match-winning performance, but does not believe it is a sign he still gets to Guardiola.

“Before that match I didn’t even know about that,” Mourinho said.

“I didn’t feel it, no.”


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