So Here It is. Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger to lock horns once again.
Arsenal and Manchester United renew acquaintances at Old Trafford on Saturday. The fixture is, of course, biblical for the heated on-field exchanges of yesteryear but has been noticeably blunted as of late given that neither club has harboured genuine title aspirations in recent years. The temperature is set to be taken up a notch this weekend however, though not necessarily for on-field reasons.
This year the game will see Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho lock horns again and thus stoke the flames of the rivalry that keeps on giving. A bitter feud first ignited over a decade ago during Mourinho’s first stint at Chelsea has ebbed and flowed for the succeeding years and could be set to reach new heights on Saturday.
Mourinho has always managed to get under the skin of Wenger, and the Frenchman has yet to register a competitive win against his side.
Arsenal travel to Old Trafford, with Wenger eager to exact revenge over his old foe.
The Gunners haven’t always found the Theatre of Dreams to be a happy stomping ground – an 8-2 mauling in the 2011/12 season and a 6-1 thrashing in the 2000/01 campaign prove a point.
Arguably this season represents an excellent chance for the north London outfit to claim their first Premier League title since 2004. Wenger has sufficiently invested in his squad – Shkodran Mustafi has bolstered the defence, while Granit Xhaka has come to terms with the demands of the Premier League.
Past clashes between United and Arsenal have often resulted in titanic tussles. This was certainly the case during the 1990s and early 2000s. Back then, it was Wenger against Sir Alex Ferguson and there was no love lost between the pair.
The prospect has spawned a plethora of promotional videos for the managerial joust rather than the match itself, and given the history of the two coaches it’s hard to argue with that angle. Watch the pick of the bunch below:
One of the most compelling managerial rivalries football can offer today. Although as Jose might say, it can’t be a rivalry when it’s been so one-sided.
Nonetheless, it is a crucial tie for both sides, and is all the more fascinating given the sub-plot.