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WITH two frosty handshakes, Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte seemingly drew a line under a feud that had become one of the most entertaining subplots of the Premier League season.

“I think that is what me and Antonio want to show to everyone,” Mourinho, the Manchester United manager, said after his team’s 2-1 win over Conte’s Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday.

“The handshake before and after, I think is an example that everything in football you have to move (on) and respect each other.

Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho, left, shakes hands with Chelsea's team manager Antonio Conte
Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho, left, shakes hands with Chelsea’s team manager Antonio ConteSource: AP
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Mourinho and Conte, they are not two ordinary persons in football. We have a history, we have an image – I am happy with that.” Conte was less forthcoming “You wanted to see the handshake,” he told reporters, “and we did this.” Mourinho started the spat last month by saying he did not feel the need to behave like “a clown” on the touchline. Feeling that was a dig at him, Conte responded aggressively by suggesting Mourinho was suffering from dementia because of the Portuguese’s behavior on the touchline earlier in his coaching career.

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