Rafa Benitez responds to questions about his rivalry with Jose Mourinho

Rafa Benitez says he doesn't have a "problem" with Jose Mourinho ahead of Newcastle United's visit to Old Trafford.

Friday, 17th November 2017, 2:21 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 12:24 pm
Rafa Benitez

Benitez and Mourinho have a rivalry dating back to their respective arrivals in England in 2004.

The pair – who have both previously managed Real Madrid, Chelsea and Inter Milan – have publicly feuded in the past.

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However, Manchester United manager Mourinho told of his "huge respect" for Benitez ahead of tomorrow evening's game.

"I have huge respect for him, for his talent, for his career, and I want to believe he feels the same," said Mourinho.

Asked about their rivalry at his pre-match press conference, Newcastle United manager Benitez said: "We will play against Man United – it's not key about the managers.

"Jose Mourinho's won a lot of trophies in a lot of countries with a lot of teams. He's a good manager, but they also have a lot player players for us to be concerned about.

Jose Mourinho

"I don't have any problem to do with anyone. I'm a professional and I do my job."

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