Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho claimed on Friday he is not shown the same respect as his Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger, ahead of their Premier League showdown on Saturday.
Mourinho, 53, has regularly clashed with Wenger, 67, over the course of his two spells as Chelsea manager and his current role at United.
Both men have three Premier League titles each, but with Mourinho having won his last title as recently as 2015 — as opposed to 2004 for Wenger — he feels the media do not give him enough credit.
“In the Premier League, going just on the Premier League, tomorrow is a match between the two managers with the best record. Sir Alex Ferguson isn’t here anymore.
“Tomorrow, I think between the two managers we are
speaking about, I think (there are) six or seven Premier League titles. I have three, he has three or four.
“Does that mean we should be respected, even in periods where our results are not the best? I think Mr Wenger has that respect from all of you. I don’t think I have.
“Especially because my last Premier League title was 18 months ago, not 18 years ago. I don’t think I get that respect.
Mourinho then defended Wayne Rooney who was recently pictured drunk while taking time out on international duty.
The ex-Porto manager said: “Over the last two, three days nothing happened, he trained like everyone else and he wants to play like everyone else.
“When he goes to the national team it isn’t my business, what happens for good or bad, I don’t interfere.
“National teams are a different chapter, this is closed now until I think March or end of February.”
Mourinho refused to give an update on the fitness of Chris Smalling, whom he criticised after United defeated Swansea two weeks ago.
“On Smalling you cannot ask, you have your sources and you believe what they tell you,” Mourinho added.
“I don’t say a word about Chris Smalling, I won’t comment on your sources. I’m not interested in that.
“I can comment on him (Luke Shaw), yes, he has worked really well and is ready to play, I don’t have any problem with him.
“There are things he needs to learn but he is a player who has my confidence.”