Jose Mourinho goes back to Manchester United with Tottenham tomorrow night in the Premier League.
Jose Mourinho was in no mood to discuss his regrets at Manchester United, as he prepares to take his Tottenham side to Old Trafford in what will be his first return as a manager since being sacked by the club last December. He will be looking to make it four wins from four since being appointed as Spurs boss.
Despite dismissing Mourinho, United find themselves in ninth place this season which is significantly worse than around this time last year under the Portuguese’s stewardship when they were still in touch with the top four.
Mourinho will be looking to give his side breathing space on his former employers, and a win would put Tottenham five points clear of United.
When asked about whether he has any regrets about his time at Old Trafford, Mourinho was keen to focus on the future, issuing a snappy reply.
“For you it’s like I left Manchester United yesterday,” he said.
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“It was not yesterday, it was almost one year ago. I am Tottenham.
“Again, if you want to speak about United as an opponent, let’s speak about them as an opponent.”
Mourinho is expecting a positive response from supporters when he steps out onto the Old Trafford turf once again.
That conclusion is perhaps partially drawn from the reaction he received from fans when he was in the Sky Sports studio for Manchester United versus Liverpool earlier this season.
“I feel good. I like to play big matches, I like to play against the best teams and that is the most important thing,” Mourinho added.
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“Going back to Old Trafford is to go back to a place where I was happy. I can say that I was happy.
“I have great relation with Manchester United supporters.
“I went back as a pundit which is a different perspective. I was really humbled by such a beautiful reception.
“Tomorrow I go back as the coach of the team that is going is try to beat Manchester United and that maybe gives a different perspective.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes that Mourinho will receive a positive welcome when he leads his side out at Old Trafford.
The Norwegian believes the fans ought to remember what Mourinho achieved for the club, winning two trophies plus the Community Shield in his first season at the club.
When asked about the response he is expecting from the crowd, Solskjaer said: “Very good reception.
“That’s just a testament to this club and these supporters, remember two and a half years, won trophies.
“I’m 100 per cent sure our fans, staff and club will welcome him.”