Pep Guardiola defends Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho

Pep Guardiola defends Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho

José Mourinho has this afternoon delivered yet another unusual press conference in which he took swipes at Tottenham and Liverpool, while also labelling himself as "one of the greatest managers in the world".

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Several topics arose, including the mocking Spurs chants that followed the defeat for the home side at Old Trafford, the performance of one resurgent player, and his stance and passion for his current side.

"Just as an example, Hegel says the truth is in the whole, it's always in the whole that you find the truth".

Next up for United in the Premier League, as they look to arrest their slump, is an away trip to Burnley.

Mourinho also declared himself "one of the greatest managers in the world", despite United finishing 19 points behind rivals Manchester City in last season's Premier League and failing to win any silverware.

"Do you ask that question to the manager that finished third in the Premier League or fourth?"

Three years have passed since the Portuguese won the last of his eight championships in four different countries - three of which are English titles - and he was asked whether he would remain one of the world's greatest managers even if he did not win a ninth title.

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Manchester United's players appeared to be in high spirits in training as they try and cast off the gloom of the early season with victory at Burnley on Sunday afternoon.

Mourinho was in typically defiant form at Friday's pre-match news conference, though, issuing a reminder he has won eight league titles across spells at Real Madrid, Inter and Chelsea.

'I had last season great success [in finishing second]. I had great success last season and that's probably what you don't want to admit.

'I repeat that two seasons ago we had a fantastic season by winning the Europa League.

"It's going to be a hard season for them".

"We are the last team in England to win a European cup".

"But my second position last season is one of my greatest achievements in football". Of course we are judged for the titles we get now, especially if you have won titles as it can work.

"The United fans were signing Special One and they were not singing".

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