Mourinho’s latest Rooney comments add spice to United-Chelsea clash

José Mourinho Celebrates

The Stamford Bridge chief has taken a swipe at David Moyes over his handling of the England international forward ahead of the Old Trafford encounter.

The match-up between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on Monday night is eagerly anticipated, but the clash got an extra bit of spice with Jose Mourinho’s latest comments.

The Portuguese trainer has made it no secret that he is keen to bring United striker Wayne Rooney to Stamford Bridge this summer, and the Blues have seen two offers for the attacker rejected. A third bid is forthcoming after Monday’s clash.

Mourinho’s latest comments to the media have blamed Red Devils counterpart David Moyes for the forward being unsettled at Old Trafford and the manager has suggested Rooney should move to London to be first choice at Chelsea.

Mourinho acted with bewilderment when he was asked if he could expect a fiery reception on Monday night.

“They are against me?" he said. "But I didn't say [to Rooney] you will be a second-choice for me. And they are against me?

"We are trying to get a player that a manager told 'You will be a second option' for him. We are not going for Van Persie. They don't have to be against me. If I say Ramires is a second option for me and he plays when Lampard is tired or injured, if someone comes here to get Ramires, nobody is upset."

When asked if Moyes should be blamed for Rooney’s current frustrated demeanour, the Portuguese did not sit on the fence.

"Of course,” he replied.

"In every big team, I am not criticising, you have first options and second options, and those second options must be very good players.

“Of course big teams must have second choices. Big players too. The point is if the players are happy to accept that situation."

Mourinho has become renowned for his pre-match mindgames and his latest comments on the eve of a clash between two title rivals is a signature offering by the Chelsea boss.

Moyes should use his equivalent’s words as motivation but not lose sight of the goal at hand – to beat Chelsea on Monday night.

The Scot has a selection dilemma on his hands in whether to play Rooney or Welbeck in his attacking line-up. Mourinho’s comments may well have some impact on his thinking, with the ex-Real Madrid boss urging Rooney to come to Stamford Bridge to be first choice.

Mourinho can expect a frosty reception at Old Trafford, and Moyes will not appreciate the outspoken approach that his opponent has adopted. However, with Mourinho back in the Premier League it certainly gives Chelsea some added bite and will make the clash at Old Trafford an even-more exciting one after his comments.

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