It could get emotional on the touchline before kick-off at Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho has been talking about what he has in common with Rafa Benitez, rather than what divides them.

There always appeared to be friction between the two managers when their teams clashed in the past but Jose Mourinho claims this is just down to normal rivalry between the respective clubs they managed.

As for what unites them, the current Man Utd boss sees two bosses who came to the Premier League in the same season and who have both won the Champions League and Europa League, which not many others can claim.

Mourinho says about Rafa Benitez that ‘I have huge respect for him, for his talent, for his career’.

The Portuguese boss adding ‘I want to believe that he feels the same’.

I think if we are honest here, the bottom line is the mention by Jose Mourinho about the mention of rivalry/competition between the clubs they managed.

If Rafa was now at a club that Jose felt was currently a threat, I doubt we would be having this love-in from his side.

Likewise, I think for sure that if Newcastle get anything at Old Trafford, we will then see the usual Jose Mourinho that we have come to ‘love’.

Here’s hoping…

Jose Mourinho:

“I don’t think the rivalry was with Rafael, it was more between our clubs than between us.

“We are managers from the same generation.

“We came to England in the same season.

“We were both successful in Europe.

“Not many have won the Champions League and Europa League.

“We are some of the few managers who did it.

“Of course between Liverpool and Chelsea we had rivalry, and it happens, but I have huge respect for him, for his talent, for his career.

“I want to believe that he feels the same.”



  • BillytheFish

    Mourinho is a closet Toon fan after spending all that time with Sir Bobby who apparently never shut up about the Toon and area.
    When his teams are in the Toon you will find him at the Sir Bobby Trust in Freeman Hospital speaking to patients and staff, and has been known to admit to following the Toon from afar and would like to manage the club at some stage, we of course hope not too soon Jose……

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      There has always been a hint of that, he never gets nasty pre-match against us.

  • ghostrider

    No doubt we’ll get Jose as manager when we get taken over and the new owners decide Jose is the man after Man Utd sack him due to a bad run of 2 defeats in 30 games.
    He’ll immediately say yes to our offer when told he will be on a contract of 50 million a year with an immediate warchest of 1 billion for the summer with a further 5 billion to tweak things over the next two seasons.

    Jose’s first words on taking the job will be to claim that this job is his dream job since he was a child where his walls were filled with newspaper cuttings of all the newcastle greats and how proud he was of the electronic scoreboard sitting at the gallowgate end.

    We will then go on to winning the league and then retaining the title plus winning the first of 3 consecutive champions league winners trophies to go with 2 FA cup final wins.

    This prompts a new stadium move 3 years later to a brand new state of the art 12 million seater (all reclining)……(and leather) stadium complete with surrounding marina housing 500 million yachts .

    And blah blah blah and wow wow wow.
    Hmmmm.
    A weird dream that was.