Jose Mourinho has hit out at Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and other title rivals for being ‘afraid’ to outline their title ambitions for the new season.
The new Manchester United manager was speaking in a pre-match press conference ahead of his first Premier League game in charge, as he said the Red Devils will be title contenders but accused his rivals of failing to project their ambitions going into the new season.
“We feel that we are candidates to win the title,” said Mourinho.
“We know that not one or two or three more than that have the same ambitions.
“We cannot speak differently. We want to fight for the title.
“If at the end of the season we are not champions because someone is better than us then great, that’s football.
“But at Man United Football Club you cannot (speak) differently, we have to fight for the title.
“Many more think the same way as us but they are afraid to say it. They prefer to play a defensive game in words.
“They prefer to say or to hide or to play defensively with the words, that’s not our way. I don’t think that’s Man United. I think Man United has to say we want to win the title.
“We have all the respect for the others and maybe we don’t win, maybe we arrive end of season and happy to finish top four.
“It depends on how season goes. But in this moment when I speak to you I speak to my players too, and I cannot speak differently.”
It is believed the former Chelsea boss was targeting old rivals Pep Guardiola and Arsene Wenger with his words, which wouldn’t come as a surprise given his usual controversial statements.