Communication Breakdown

Five years ago when Jose Mourinho first faced Sir Alex Ferguson in the Champions League, there was a lot of drama off the field of play. The young Portuguese manager’s “gamesmanship” so offended the Manchester United boss that Ferguson refused to shake hands after the first leg. Then, when Mourinho’s team, the plucky Porto, sealed the victory with a late goal, the Portuguese manager in the designer overcoat burst out of his dugout and sprinted down the sideline to celebrate with his players. It was the beginning of a beautiful rivalry.

Mourinho took a shot at Fergie afterwards, “Sometimes somebody is incorrect,” he said, “sometimes you play with words to try to put pressure on the opposition. But when the final whistle goes, it’s finished, you shake hands, and I’m happy with that.” Read on at ESPN.

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