Jose Mourinho Insists He’s on Good Terms with Antonio Conte, Ahead of FA Cup Final

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The FA Cup final will be contested at Wembley this weekend between Man United and Chelsea, but according to providers of internet betting in UK “the Special One” insists he has no problems with his Italian counterpart ahead of the highly-anticipated match.

Mourinho has made peace with Conte, but that could again change this weekend

It’s okay. It’s okay,” said Mourinho, and went on to describe how the pair shook hands without any problems last time they met. “He stretched out (to shake hands), I stretched out. We got bored. After the game in Manchester, I invited him to come to my office. We talked. Nothing’s wrong.”

The Portuguese manager also mentioned he’s planning to make changes with his back-room staff, as long-term assistant manager Rui Faria will departing his team of coaches.

“It’s a person coming who worked with me before but I can’t say the name because he’s still linked to another club. Good coaches there are many, but I like to make my assistants. I do not like trained coaches, I like to shape them in my way of thinking and they grow with me and I also grow with them.”

Now, for the second time in three seasons, the Red Devils have a chance to lift the FA Cup yet again, while it would be the Blues’ first since 2012. Bet365 Sportsbook is offering favourite odds of 4/5 (1.80) for Man United to clinch a win this Saturday at Wembley; Chelsea 19/20 (1.95) on the other hand are viewed as the weaker side for the encounter, considering their disappointing campaign this far. If you think the FA Cup final will be decided in Extra Time 5/1 (6.00), then you might want to place a wager on that special market.

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The good news is that Bet365 Sportsbook will be live streaming the FA Cup final both in the UK and across the world, so make sure to sign up here to watch the game between two of the fieriest managers in England at the moment.

On-field performances are offset by financial results

Mourinho and Conte have a fiery history

Although many Man United supporters won’t be pleased with their side’s performances over the last season, they still managed to record great financial growth. In spite of finishing second in the Premier League, Man United collected more money than cross town rivals Man City overall. The Etihad side recorded £38.63m strictly in prize money and £149.44m in total, while as a comparison the Red Devils clinched slightly less in prize money £36.69m due to finishing second on the table, their total payment stands at £149.77m for the 2018/19 Premier League season – £0.33m more than Man City.

Man United’s executive vice chairman Ed Woodward – the man who appointed Jose Mourinho as the new manager in 2016 – highlighted the club’s achievements in terms of points, despite failing to win the league.

“As another season nears its close, we have achieved our highest number of points and finish since 2012/13 and we look forward to another trip to Wembley,” said Woodward.

Man United have struggled to catch up to Man City who have clinched the Premier League title this season, under the Catalan, Pep Guardiola. They haven’t won the league since 2013, after which Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down from the club, per online sportsbooks in UK. Their biggest accolade since then has been last summer’s Europa League triumph and the FA Cup title in 2016, under then manager Louis van Gaal, so this weekend they’ll be looking to console themselves with the only remaining trophy, against the London side.

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