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Did Manchester United supervisor Jose Mourinho take a swipe at his previous membership Chelsea when saying the signing of Romelu Lukaku from Everton?

The oft-controversial Portuguese tactician beat the Blues to the Belgium worldwide’s signature – and probably paid a hefty £ninety million to take action. However in reveling within the Purple Devils’ profitable swoop, Mourinho might have additionally rubbed some salt in Chelsea’s wounds, describing Lukaku’s choice to decide on “the most important membership” – on this case, United – over Chelsea as “solely pure.”

“Romelu is a pure match for Manchester United. He’s an enormous character and an enormous participant,” Mourinho stated in a membership-issued assertion. “It is just pure that he needs to develop his profession on the largest membership. He will probably be an excellent addition to the group and I do know they may make him very welcome. I’m actually wanting ahead to working with him once more.”

Cue countless debate over which of the 2 English outfits is “the most important membership.”

It is potential Mourinho was merely excited so as to add an enormous-identify signing to his squad, and positively one that may fill in immediately, as Lukaku is predicted to start out up prime with Zlatan Ibrahimovic each injured and out of contract.

However Mourinho has been a provocateur all through his profession, rigorously selecting his phrases – notably when aimed toward Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger – in an effort to unsettle opponents or achieve a psychological benefit.

In any case, Mourinho will now have an opportunity to make good on Lukaku’s promise, having loaned out after which bought the younger upstart to the Toffees again in 2014. If Mourinho has his method, he’ll have the final snigger on the finish of the upcoming season, too.