Arsene Wenger 'supportive' of suffering Man United boss Jose Mourinho

Arsene Wenger 'supportive' of suffering Man United boss Jose Mourinho
From ESPN - March 14, 2018

LONDON -- Arsene Wenger says he's "supportive" of Jose Mourinho after Manchester United's Champions League loss to Sevilla, although the Arsenal boss was not in the mood to discuss his old rival's struggles any more than that.

Wenger should know exactly what Mourinho is going through as the Portuguese manager is facing criticism from both media and fans following Tuesday's 2-1 home loss to Sevilla, which dumped United out on the same aggregate score.

The Arsenal boss has himself seen Arsenal exit in the round of 16 of the Champions League for the last seven years and has taken his fair share of criticism this season as well.

So after getting public backing from former Man United foe Sir Alex Ferguson recently, would the long-time Arsenal boss return the favour by lending his support to Mourinho, a rival he has so often clashed publicly with?

"I am supportive of everybody who suffers," Wenger answered diplomatically when posed the question -- though he carefully avoided ever using Mourinho's name. "Your job [in the media] is to get everybody to suffer. Our job [as managers] is to get as few people as possible to suffer.

"I want English football to do well. But people at our level, they are the most demanding with themselves. And the biggest suffering we get is from our own demands with ourselves. For the rest, we get love or not love.

"You know what a guy said? You are loved when you are born, you are loved when you die, in between you have to manage."

Wenger's Arsenal side could keep their own hopes of European glory alive by protecting a 2-0 lead against AC Milan when they face the Italian side in the second leg of their Europa League tie on Thursday at the Emirates.

That competition represents the Gunners only remaining hope of salvaging their season -- and possibly saving Wenger's job -- which may be one reason why the Frenchman did not want to linger too much on Mourinho's problems.


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