Jose Mourinho says he will not let his ‘fights’ with Pep Guardiola distract Manchester United from winning the Premier League title next season, reports the Daily Mail.
The former Real Madrid and Barcelona managers recommence their rivalry at the helms of United and Manchester City this summer.
But Mourinho, who also gave a glimpse into his £200million transfer plans, says focusing on the man that once called him ‘the f***ing boss’ could allow an outsider to take the title.
City and United are ranked as Leicester City’s most-likely successors by the bookmakers with both ready to invest heavily in their world-class managers this summer.
“My experience does not allow me to be naive,” Mourinho said. “I was in Spain for two years, where the champion would be me or him.
“There, individual battles make more sense because they can affect the outcome (of the title race). If in the Premier League I were to focus on him and Manchester City and he were to focus on me and Manchester United, someone else would be champion.”
“The level of the Premier League is going to get better with the players and coaches who will come.
“Four champions in four years shows how competitive it is, and also says a lot about the television rights and its distribution, which will allow the growth of the league and all its teams.
“It is different to other leagues where the sharks will always be sharks.”