Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has aimed a fresh jibe at his Arsenal counterpart, Arsene Wenger, by suggesting the Gunners are “ready for failure”.
Mourinho was defending suggestions that he is a short-term manager and insisted he always prepares clubs for success.
The 54-year-old has never spent more than three years in one spell at any club and is on a three-year deal at Old Trafford.
Mourinho, speaking to The Times, launched an apparent dig at old adversary Wenger, whose achievements at Arsenal are at risk of being undermined by their recent struggles.
“If people say that because I move from club to club, they’re right, but I don’t think I am [a short-term manager].
“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.
“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.
“You can be there 10 or 20 years and, when you leave the club, it’s ready for failure,” he said.