Pep Guardiola backs Jose Mourinho to turn things around


On Friday Mourinho, a title victor in Italy, Spain and England, proclaimed that he would be "one of the greatest managers in the world" even if he doesn't win the Premier League title while at United.

Manchester United travel to Turf Moor to face Burnley on Sunday (Monday NZT) hoping to avoid a third successive defeat after Monday's 3-0 capitulation at home to Tottenham Hotspur followed an insipid 3-2 surrender at Brighton and Hove Albion.

Mourinho was again backing himself in Friday's press conference, even quoting famous philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.

He warmed up for the short trip to Burnley by telling reporters he remained "one of the greatest managers in the world". This season and last everybody thought Atlético Madrid were incredible because they won the Europa League after being knocked out of the Champions League.

"I said many times I don't judge", stated Guardiola.

"Did you read any philosopher or in your information you never spent time reading Hegel?" To the manager who finished fourth? "To the manager who finished fifth".

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When the reporter said that Klopp has never claimed to be great, Mourinho replied: "Because he never win anything global for example".

But Spurs fans mocked Mourinho on Monday, singing "you're not special any more" at the Portuguese, who was quick to reference United's FA Cup semi-final victory over Mauricio Pochettino's side. Mourinho said (via "I tell you what I think, I tell what I feel". And I answer you the question. I repeat that two seasons ago we had a fantastic season by winning the Europa League, this season and last season everybody thought Atletico Madrid were unbelievable because they won the Europa League after being knocked out of the Champions League.

"I had last season great success".

Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero was also in the team against Stoke after recovering from the knee problem which ruled him out of the World Cup.

"I have won eight titles. I'm the only manager to win in Italy, Spain and England".

Mourinho referred to United's second-place finish last season. "The quality of the managers I believe is when you get to that level, all the managers they are top, top managers".