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Mourinho expects good reception at Man Utd

Mourinho expects good reception at Man Utd Photo: TT
Jose Mourinho (Spurs head coach) celebrates the third goal, scored by Moussa Sissoko (TH), at the Tottenham Hotspur v Bournemouth

New Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says he’s expecting a positive reception from the Manchester United faithful when he returns to his former club as a manager for the first time on Wednesday night.

Mourinho’s Tottenham travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on Wednesday, with the Portuguese only having taken over at Spurs a fortnight ago.

‘The Special One’ managed the Red Devils from 2016 to late-2018, when he was sacked in December, his last managerial job.

Mourinho only managed to win two major trophies at Old Trafford; the League Cup and Europa League during his two-and-a-half seasons at the club.

“I have a great relation with Manchester United supporters,” he said, ahead of his return.

“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.

“I expect this respect that they always show towards me, but I understand what they want is exactly the opposite of what I want.

“I want Tottenham to win, they want Manchester United to win. During the match I expect them to forget me and I expect them to support their team to get the result they want.”

Spurs have enjoyed a winning run since Mourinho’s arrival, with 3-2 league wins over West Ham United and Bournemouth and a 4-2 UEFA Champions League victory over Olympiakos.

Tottenham are currently sixth in the Premier League while the Red Devils are two points behind them in 10th.

Ben somerford
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