Jose Mourinho insists any negative response he receives upon his return to Manchester United is nothing to do with being a ‘villain’ to the club.
Mourinho takes his Tottenham side to Old Trafford on Wednesday evening, almost exactly a year after being sacked by the Red Devils and with his successor, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, under real pressure.
Solskjaer expects the Portuguese to get a positive reception when he appears in the dugout, as a former manager of the club who won trophies during his tenure, but Mourinho believes it may be a bit more frosty given his aim on Wednesday is to beat the Red Devils.
“I’m not a villain, I’m not an enemy,” said Mourinho, “I’m the coach that is trying to win at Manchester United. Solskjaer is the guy that is going to try and win the game for United so of course they’re going to support him and not support me.
“I feel good, I like to play big matches, I like to play against the best teams and go back to a place where I was happy.
“I have a great relationship with the Manchester United supporters. I went back as a pundit and I was humbled by such a beautiful reception.
“Tomorrow I go back as the coach of the team that will try and beat Manchester United.
“I understand that what they want is the exact opposite of what I want. Of course during the match I expect them to forget me.”
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Mourinho has won all three matches since taking charge of Tottenham, and one of the key players of his short reign so far has been Dele Alli.
The England midfielder has struggled throughout the past year, but he’s chipped in with three goals and an assist since Jose took charge and the Portuguese has high hopes for his new midfielder.
“I think [Alli] can do anything he wants” Mourinho added. “He has the talent, the right age, experience playing at the highest level. He has everything, it’s just a question of motivation every day.”
Mourinho also discussed other topics during his press conference, and you can read the best bits below…
On Heung-min Son being named Asian Player of the Year
“I’m in love with that guy. Fantastic player, fantastic boy.”
On Man United vs Spurs being a big game
“I think so, and it will always be. We are two big clubs and one of the reasons I came here is because of the Levy vision and ambition.
“Tottenham wants to be bigger than it already is and United is one of the biggest clubs in the world.”
On Christian Eriksen’s future
“I am not going to discuss these individual things. I am speaking with Mr Levy about it and speak with all the players about it.
“We try to understand every detail, but it’s not something I am going to discuss with you. They are great professionals, big relationship with Tottenham.”
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On regrets from Man United
“None, I won and I learned.”
On Man United’s struggles under Solskjaer
“It is not for me to analyse United now. I analyse them as an opponent, how they play. How can we beat them? How can they beat us? For me that is the important thing.”
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Published at Tue, 03 Dec 2019 11:23:25 +0000