Why Wenger offers Support to Mourinho


In the aftermath of Sunday’s Manchester derby that saw Man City increase their lead on the table to 11 points with a 2-1 victory over Man United, there were reports of a spat between staff and players of both sides.

Players of both sides clashed when Mourinho entered the dressing room of the away team, after growing frustrated with the noise coming from the room and went to tell the City players to take it down a notch. This led to an argument with Ederson which saw milk, water and bottles being thrown in his direction, a claim which has been refuted by City officials.

This clash is similar to another that occurred at Old Trafford some 14 years ago, this followed a home win for Man United over Arsenal.

Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger has shown support for Jose Mourinho as regards the clash in question. Speaking on the issue, he said:

“It is part of the intensity. It can go overboard.

It happened to us. Hopefully you commit 100 percent to the pitch and are an angel after. I don’t know what happened really.

It is difficult to take to see the 100 percent celebration on the other side. It is an experience that’s a little bit offensive.

That’s why I admired sumo in Japan because the guy who wins does not show his happiness out of respect for his opponent. Is it something we can copy? I don’t think so. It’s not in our culture.” as quoted by tribal football

In the spat 14 years ago, Pizza was thrown at Sir Alex Ferguson, with Cesc Fabregas admitting, later on, to have thrown it.


The writer is a passionate Man United fan. He has good insights into the world of football especially the English Premier League.