Manchester United: Claudio Ranieri Plays Down 'Prehistoric' Feud With Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho, left, with Claudio Ranieri.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, left, with Claudio Ranieri at Wembley Stadium, London, August 7. Ranieri has played down his old feud with Mourinho. Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri insists his enmity with Jose Mourinho is "prehistoric" as his Leicester City side prepare to meet Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Ranieri and Mourinho have a history of barbed comments towards each other. In 2010, while the two were still managing in Italy at AS Roma and Inter Milan respectively, Mourinho called Ranieri a "loser" for his failure to win a title in a major European league.

Affable Ranieri changed all that, of course, by taking Leicester to the Premier League title last season against all odds. And on Thursday he insisted that whatever ill feeling had existed between him and Mourinho in the past was now gone.

"Yes but it's prehistoric," Ranieri said when asked about the feud with Mourinho, who also jibed at the Italian for being "too old" to manage when he joined Inter in 2008. "It was a long time ago. It's normal [now]. He is a great manager, intelligent and a fantastic person. Do you remember in the summer when we had the Soccer Aid? I managed the Rest of the World team against José's English side."

Leicester go into the clash with United in better form than Mourinho's team—who have already suffered three consecutive defeats—after a commanding victory over Bruges in the UEFA Champions League followed by a 3-0 win against Burnley at the King Power Stadium last Saturday.