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Mourinho shows those who laughed at ‘greatest Man Utd achievement’ he was right

Jose Mourinho has showed critics who laughed at his “greatest Manchester United achievements” he was right, says Robbie Savage.

The Portuguese manager spent two-and-a-half seasons at Old Trafford, winning the Europa League and Carabao Cup.

But the 57-year-old’s self-proclaimed “greatest achievement” was taking them to second in the 2017/18 Premier League campaign behind rivals Manchester City.

It saw Mourinho face fierce criticism before getting the sack in December the following season.

With his Tottenham side sitting second in the Premier League table ahead of a massive clash against Pep Guardiola’s side, though, Savage believes the Portuguese boss has turned the tables.

Writing in his Mirror column, the former forward said: “We may have laughed when Mourinho said his greatest achievement at Manchester United was finishing runners-up, 17 points behind City, with 81 points, but in the cold light of day it looks as if he was right.

“Pep v Jose will always be a spectacle because they are two proven winners.

“And although it's too early to be decisive in the title race, one way or another, what happens at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this weekend could go a long way towards one club lifting the trophy and the other missing out.

“For years, Manchester United v Arsenal was the shoot-out which decided who would be champions. Then it was United against Jose Mourinho's Chelsea. And in recent seasons it's been City v Liverpool.

“But this game takes me back eight years to a dramatic, and controversial, game at the Etihad, where City won 3-2 and Harry Redknapp's Tottenham fell just short in the title race.

“Pep and Jose, two winners going head-to-head in what could be the most open title race for years. What a fantastic prospect.

“Pep's got a brand new contract, but Jose's got a banging team.”

It comes as Mourinho has revealed he has a new nickname, explaining why he is no longer “The Special One”.

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