Ahead of their 17th meeting this weekend, José Mourinho has insisted there are no underlying issues with Arsène Wenger.
After some feisty encounters in previous seasons, Mourinho revealed the two bosses remained courteous during the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in November, especially away from television cameras.
As a result, their reported conflict has now been quashed, according to the 54-year-old.
“In the last match at Old Trafford, we shook hands before and after. I remember that I still met him in the corridor for the press conferences, and we shook hands again.”
Wenger himself was calm when questioned about the long-running feud, which intensified after Mourinho called his counterpart a ‘specialist in failure’ three years ago.
“I respect everybody and of course I respect Manchester United. I think the game will just be a game – and that is important for me,” Wenger stated.
Mourinho added, “When there is peace, we don’t have to have problems. I am a big boy, I’m in football all my life. I know a problem on the pitch, the next day is not a problem at all. So for me not a problem at all.”