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Last Updated: Thursday, 17 May 2007, 12:30 GMT 13:30 UK
Ferguson v Mourinho
Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho
Ferguson and Mourinho have had some colourful exchanges
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho have often been at loggerheads this season and they go head-to-head again in Saturday's FA Cup final.

As the pair prepare their teams for one more battle, BBC Sport looks back over the season at the off-the-pitch verbal skirmishes that have often accompanied the on-the-pitch battles.



"The circumstances are difficult with the new football rules we have to face. It is forbidden to give a penalty against United and forbidden to give any penalties in favour of Chelsea."


"Mourinho seems to be on some sort of personal crusade. It's calculated. If we get a penalty against us, he wins that war. It is wrong. It is a rant all the time. I don't think it's fair to the game."

"There is no pressure on United. If they play well, they win. If they don't play well, they will get a penalty and still win." "I would like to know who is changing the regulations? Is it us? The FA? Uefa? I feel Mourinho has been let off lightly with those comments."

"I was not surprised Ferguson complained about our fixture against Spurs because he is intelligent and maybe he thinks other people are stupid. The truth is United are very, very lucky with the fixtures because, until now, they have always played before us. Ferguson is an intelligent man, successful, with a great career. But when you think other people are stupid it is not a good quality." "It seems the Premier League are quite happy to give Chelsea the extra time after European matches but not Tottenham. Given the power Chelsea seem to have over issues like this, I am not surprised. If the game had been played on Sunday lunchtime, Chelsea would still have had well over two full days to prepare for the Valencia game. As it is, Tottenham get 36 hours."


"It was a penalty to Sheffield United at Old Trafford. It is not a conspiracy, it is fact. I speak facts. If not, I need big glasses. If you tell me it was not a penalty - or a penalty for Middlesbrough, or for us against Newcastle, I must go to my optician." "He's been talking about referees and he's the last person who should talk about referees. The biggest fear for us is that by citing the fact we are not allowed to get penalties at Old Trafford, Mourinho is putting incredible pressure on referees."

"I promise you if one day I have a ball that is two metres inside my goal and the referee doesn't allow it [as happened when Pedro Mendes' goal for Spurs against Man Utd was disallowed], I will not speak about referees for two years." "There is plenty of talk about Chelsea and referees and Mourinho and referees. I have a big catalogue on it. Chelsea is an incredible club, so I think Jose should button his lip now for good, for the rest of the season."


"Ronaldo needs to be mature enough to accept you cannot argue against facts. Maybe it's about a difficult childhood, no education."

"If Ronaldo says it's a lie Manchester United have conceded some penalties this season which have not been awarded against them, then he's lying."

"It is really below the belt to bring class into it. Just because you come from a poor, working-class background does not mean you are not educated."

"What Ronaldo has are principles - that is why he has not responded. Some people are educated but have no principles."


"If Ferguson thinks it's over he's in trouble because it's not. We are here for the fight and I enjoy the fight. It is better to be in front but let's chase them - we can do it." "We will only be in trouble if we listen to Jose too much. It's Jose, he's panicking already." [Ferguson quips after his mobile phone rings during a media conference]

"Considering the problems Chelsea have had, United should be 10, 12, 14 points clear of us. I am happy to be six points behind." "It has been a good day. We didn't expect to be six points clear tonight but I think the best thing for us to do is look at the next game."

"It doesn't matter who I think is the best team, what matters is the team with more points is the champion. "Jose understands winning and losing are twins in a way. When you win you don't gloat and when you lose you don't go bananas."

"I have to congratulate the champions Manchester United, their players, manager, fans, the board; all the people who helped them become champions." "Maybe the fact Chelsea have dominated the Premiership for two years and we had a big job to do to catch them makes this title special."


"If we win the trophy, we can say we have won every competition in domestic football." "I am so pleased Manchester United are one of the first teams to play at the new Wembley."

"If both teams can have an attacking and positive spirit, we can make the game a real final. I will be very sad if the final is not a good event, with a good winner and a proud loser." "When we got beat by Liverpool last season, I was hoping the stadium would not be finished because I really wanted to be one of the teams taking part in the first final there."

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