Jose Mourinho opens up on his Man United return – ‘I am Tottenham’

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Dom Le Roy

It has been almost exactly one year since Jose Mourinho was sacked by Manchester United in December 2018 and replaced with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Fast forward 12 months and Ole is still at the wheel in Manchester, just about, while Mauricio Pochettino has been sacked as Spurs managed and replaced by Mourinho.

To mark his sacking anniversary, Mourinho will now lead his new Spurs team out at Old Trafford tomorrow night as the two sides clash in the Premier League.

A win for Spurs would build on their 100% record under Mourinho and put pressure on the likes of Chelsea in the top four, while a win for United could save Solskjaer’s job.

Tottenham have scored ten goals so far in wins against West Ham United, Olympiacos, and Bournemouth under Mourinho.

However, whilst find of his time at Man United, Mourinho insists that it is a closed chapter for him and that he is now all about Tottenham.

Mourinho said (Football London): “I feel good. I like to play big matches, I like to play against the best teams and that is the most important thing. 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.

“This is a closed chapter for me. I left the club and took my time to process everything that happened. I took my time to prepare myself for the next challenge.

“For you it’s like I left Manchester United yesterday. 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.

“These are things they [Manchester United] can do this season too. They can win the Europa League, they’ve qualified for the knockout. They can win the Carabao Cup as they are still in the competition. They can win the FA Cup, they’ve got Wolves in the first round. They can achieve these targets.

“I’m not a villain, I’m not an enemy but I am the coach trying to win against Manchester United – that’s how they’re going to look at me. In relation to Solskjaer, he is the guy trying to win the game for United fans. They’re not going to support me.”

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