Jose Mourinho ready to lock horns with respected rival Sir Alex Ferguson
For years Jose Mourinho has been linked to the Manchester United job. In spite of all the rumors suggesting Jose Mourinho’s return to the Premier League will be marked with his arrival at Old Trafford, it is widely accepted that the Portuguese will have huge boots to fill at Manchester United.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has written an unforgettable chapter in the history of football – a chapter that could haunt many who try to replace him in the future. Jose Mourinho has been labeled as the potential successor to Sir Alex Ferguson many times, yet the Real Madrid manager isn’t afraid to lock horns with his Scottish counter-part.
As a matter of fact, Jose Mourinho is relishing the opportunity to challenge Sir Alex Ferguson in the Champions League next month. Real Madrid will be playing host to the Premier League leaders at Santiago Bernabeu on February 12 for the first-leg of the Last 16 stage in the Champions League.
The mouthwatering encounter will be the 15th time the two managers have faced each other in the dugout. Jose Mourinho has grabbed seven wins over Sir Alex Ferguson with only two wins going the other way. Nonetheless, it is interesting to note that Jose Mourinho hasn’t been able to defeat Manchester United at the Old Trafford in a Champions League game.
Jose Mourinho is expected to come out guns blazing against Manchester United to record his 10th victory in the Champions League after confessing that defending the La Liga title had become an ‘impossible’ task.
“The 10th Champions League is a target. But be aware that other teams may well win. We should work a lot for this, and especially this season because we are distanced in the league,” Jose Mourinho told RMC.
“Manchester United's clash is fantastic. I prefer that. Ferguson is a fantastic example. He comes to see my team and I do the same.”
Jose Mourinho desire to return to the Premier League is a well-documented secret. After his departure from Chelsea in 2007, Jose Mourinho has been speculated to make a spectacular return to Stamford Bridge. Just recently the former Inter Milan manager admitted he was close to returning to England in 2008, but not as a Chelsea or Manchester United manager, in fact as the new coach for England.
“One day, I want to return to England. I spent only three and a half years and I want to go back. But this is not a priority. Today, I just think about tomorrow's game and that's life for all coaches,” the 49-year-old said.
“I would like to coach the national team of Portugal and many people expect it there. I hope I know this experience and play a World Cup or Euro. In 2008, I was ready to take the English team. But for me, it was Portugal that I want.”