Jose Mourinho lights fuse with taunt at Manchester United title rivals
'They hide ambitions behind fear of failure'
Mischievous Jose Mourinho, the Premier League's provocateur in chief, set the scene for an entertaining start to the new season with a trademark taunt at his rivals bosses in the title race.
The man charged with restoring Manchester United to championship glory effectively accused his biggest managerial opponents of hiding their ambitions behind a fear of failure by running scared of publicly declaring their title winning intent.
Mourinho was happy to describe his new look side as challengers for the crown in his first season at Old Trafford but believes others who share his aim are too afraid to say so.
The Portuguese, who faces a tricky start at Bournemouth on Sunday, did not name his targets but it can safely be assumed he had Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger in mind and Claudio Ranieri, who has already compared the chances of a Leicester title defence with an alien invasion,.
"We feel that we are candidates to win the title," he said before kicking off his mind games early, ensuring domination of the opening day headlines with United not even in action.
"We want to fight for the title, we cannot speak differently. We know that not one or two or three but more than that have the same ambitions," he added.
"Many more think the same way as us but they are afraid to say it. They prefer to play a defensive game in words.
"They prefer to say or to hide or to play defensively with the words, that's not our way. I don't think that's Manchester United.
"I think Manchester United has to say we want to win the title.
"At the end of the season if we are not champions because someone is better than us then great, that's football.
"But at Manchester United Football Club you cannot say differently, we have to fight for the title."