Jose Mourinho has aimed a fresh jibe at Arsene Wenger by suggesting Arsenal are “ready for failure” due to his continued presence at the club.
The pair have clashed on multiple occasions down the years with Wenger finally enjoying his first competitive win over Mourinho back in May.
The Manchester United boss has been defending suggestions he is a short-term manager, insisting he always prepares clubs for success.
Mourinho, 54, has never spent longer than three years in one spell at any club and is on a contract of that duration at Old Trafford.
Wenger is now in his 22nd season in north London, while Mourinho – often criticised for his short-term planning – is in just his second with Manchester United.
But the Portuguese points at the success of his former clubs since his departure, in particular Real Madrid, as an example of long-termism.
“I prepare clubs for success. I think I prepare clubs in a way where, when I leave, the new manager arrives at a top club. And that is not short-term even if you leave,” he told The Times
“If you’re in a club one or two years – or any job – if you leave a structure to be even more successful without you than with you, that’s not short-term. That’s long-term.”
“Short-term can be the guy that is at one club 10 to 20 years and when you leave the club, it’s ready for failure,” he added.
Mourinho is famed for winning the league title in his second season at a club – a feat he has achieved five times – and United’s 2017-18 campaign has started promisingly, with three victories from as many Premier League matches.
United take on Stoke City, before the club’s return to the Champions League commences with the visit of Basel.