Mourinho: I will not be distracted by Guardiola battle

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Updated: June 1, 2016

pep-mourihnoJose Mourinho will not let his personal duel with Pep Guardiola escalate in Manchester next season as he fears that would hand the initiative to one of their title rivals.

The pair had a spiky relationship while in charge of Barcelona and Real Madrid, but the Special One is determined not to let that rivalry hurt his new employers.

Mourinho, appointed manager of Manchester United last week, and incoming Manchester City boss Guardiola have a frosty relationship forged by their time at Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.

The pair’s simmering feud exploded prior to the 2011 Champions League semi-final when Guardiola hit out at the Portuguese’s media persona. Four months later Mourinho poked Guardiola’s assistant Tito Vilanova in the eye, sparking a melee between the players and coaching staff.

Despite the history of acrimony, Mourinho insisted he will not instigate more rivalry when he starts work at Old Trafford.

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