Published: Sun, September 02, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Pep Guardiola defends Jose Mourinho over Manchester United form

Pep Guardiola defends Jose Mourinho over Manchester United form

United have got off to a ropy start to the Premier League season since, conceding seven goals in their opening three games.

United travel to Burnley on Sunday, and a defeat to the Clarets will leave the Portuguese walking a tightrope.

Mourinho was in typically defiant form at Friday's pre-match news conference, though, issuing a reminder he has won eight league titles across spells at Real Madrid, Inter and Chelsea.

On Friday Mourinho, a title victor in Italy, Spain and England, proclaimed that he would be "one of the greatest managers in the world" even if he doesn't win the Premier League title while at United.

"The history, the way Jose did in all the places he was - it's hat's off", Guardiola said. I had great success last season and that's probably what you don't want to admit. Guardiola, however, believes that the Red Devils should back the manager as it is still early days in the league.

José Mourinho has this afternoon delivered yet another odd press conference in which he took swipes at Tottenham and Liverpool, while also labelling himself as "one of the greatest managers in the world".

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Mourinho has vehemently defended his managerial record in the wake of the 3-0 loss to Spurs at Old Trafford on Monday evening.

"It was for a cup final they had a big dream to go to - a title they had a big dream to win because they don't win many - in that night at Wembley the United fans were singing "the Special One" and of course they [Spurs supporters] were not singing that".

"We are the last team in England to win a European competition".

"They don't hide", he said admiringly, having previously gone public with his own disappointment at United's failure to land more than one of his transfer targets.

Speaking in an interview quoted by the Daily Express, Van Der Sar said: "Last year, there was a very big gap [to Manchester City] and this year they've started badly, losing two of their first three games. So we have picked up experience from that", he added, saying the challenge of travelling to Europe and then preparing for Premier League football at the weekend was a tough one.

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