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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 21 June 2018

Jose Mourinho regrets 'little negative episodes' in the past with Arsene Wenger

Manchester United's manager pays tribute to his Arsenal counterpart ahead of Sunday's clash at Old Trafford

Jose Mourinho, left, has an improved relationship with Arsene Wenger, right, in recent years. Facundo Arrizabalaga / EPA
Jose Mourinho, left, has an improved relationship with Arsene Wenger, right, in recent years. Facundo Arrizabalaga / EPA

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has admitted he regrets some of the "little negative episodes" that have featured himself and the outgoing Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger over the years.

Wenger, who will step down from his role at the Emirates at the end of the season, has done battle with Mourinho across the Portuguese's two spells with Chelsea and during his current tenure at United.

Speaking ahead of the clubs' latest Premier League meeting, which takes place at Old Trafford on Sunday, Mourinho said: "We had big matches, big fights, so thank you so much for that.

"Regret? Little negative episodes, yes I do. There were little things where it would be obviously better without them - you know, some gestures, some words, it would obviously be better without it.

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"I feel better now without it, no doubts about it."

Mourinho also stressed that goalkeeper David de Gea is not leaving United.

The 27-year-old Spain international, who is approaching the last year of his contract, has regularly been linked to Real Madrid.

When asked about a potential summer departure for De Gea, Mourinho responded: "No chance."