Unai Emery on Mourinho: Manchester United parted ways with Jose Mourinho in December last year.
Manchester United sacked Jose Mourinho in December after the side’s 3-1 loss to Liverpool at Anfield.
The club appointed former star Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their new manager, and United are yet to drop points in the Premier League since his arrival.
Solskjaer will aim to extend the side’s winning run to 8 games when they take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium for the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Meanwhile, Arsenal’s head coach Unai Emery broke silence over the sacking of Jose Mourinho. Emery and Mourinho’s rivalry dates back to their time in La Liga, where Arsenal’s head coach criticised the-then Real Madrid boss for being a ‘cry-baby.’
Unai Emery on Mourinho:
In the pre-match conference for the game against Manchester United, Unai Emery was asked to comment on Jose Mourinho’s sacking at the club.
Emery didn’t mince his words and stated that he wasn’t surprised by the decision.
“This is normal,” Emery said.
Emery: “I was not surprised (Mourinho sacking), because I think they can do this with normality. This team is with big players, to want to win the Premier League. They lost a lot of points in the season. But now, they are very dangerous and in a very good moment.” #mufc [Mirror]
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) January 24, 2019
“I was not surprised because this team has big players and can think about winning the Premier League. They lost a lot of points.”
The rivalry between Emery and Mourinho dates back to their time in Spain.
After Real Madrid’s 1-0 win over Valencia in a La Liga game in 2010, Jose Mourinho famously pulled out a piece of paper in the post-match conference. It was a list of mistakes, which he thought the referee made in the game.
Unai Emery was justifiably not happy with Mourinho’s behaviour, stating that Valencia had a reason to make a mistake as they lost, and that Mourinho is a ‘crybaby.’
Jose Mourinho: “Ozil played incredibly with me and perhaps with Unai, he isn’t doing that. But maybe another player will have played great with Emery and with me he will not be so good. Ozil is the kind of a player who needs a balance and you can’t just be very hard with him.” pic.twitter.com/gdK6ibi0Mb
— RMadridHome (@RMadridHome_) January 21, 2019
“We at Valencia have good reason to make a public complaint against all the mistakes that have led to us losing, but we do not,” Emery said.
Unai Emery reflected on Manchester United’s surge in form after the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the club.
“They are very dangerous and in a good moment,” said the Arsenal’s head coach. “I am going to find the best first XI because, against Manchester United, we will need the best performance and quality.”
Unai Emery faces injury issues as well. There will be at least one forced change in the side after Hector Bellerin was ruled out for the season earlier this week, as he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament during the game against Chelsea last weekend.
It will be interesting to see if Petr Cech returns to the goal for the game.
The former Czech international announced earlier this month that he will retire from football at the end of the season.