Jose Mourinho sends clear message to Chelsea fans about Antonio Conte

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho insists that he doesn't speak to Antonio Conte on a regular basis

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: The Sport Review

Jose Mourinho has insisted that he doesn’t speak to Antonio Conte on a regular basis as he played down his apparent spat with the Chelsea manager.

The Chelsea boss told Mourinho to focus on his own team last week after the Portuguese coach was quoted as having commented about the Blues’ injury crisis.

Mourinho was quoted as saying that he wouldn’t “cry” about Manchester United’s injury problems unlike some other managers in the Premier League.

His comments were taken as a thinly-veiled dig at Conte, whose Chelsea side have been hit by some injuries to key players in recent weeks.

However, Mourinho has now moved clear up the misunderstanding and insists that he was not referencing the Chelsea manager with his comments.

Mourinho told a news conference at Carrington last week: “We are going to lose matches, that’s obvious, and I can imagine we are going to have even more criticism than we have now. But honestly, no problem [with the criticism].

“It’s not a motivation. It doesn’t change my mind or my stability. We work hard, we try to do the best we can and get the best possible results.

“In relation to the last match, speaking about the Champions League I would like to know – because I don’t know – when United last won two consecutive matches away?

“I would like to know the last time United won nine points from three matches in the Champions League. We are doing OK.”

Mourinho watched his Manchester United side lose their first Premier League game of the season last weekend when they were beaten 2-1 by newly-promoted Huddersfield Town.

Chelsea, meanwhile, bounced back to winning ways in the top flight by beating Watford 4-2 in a thrilling comeback win at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

The two teams will go head to head in the Premier League on 5 November, when Manchester United travel to Stamford Bridge.

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