Jose Mourinho returned to Manchester on Tuesday night – and was greeted by buoyant Tottenham
Mourinho’s Spurs side meet Manchester United on Wednesday night looking for a fourth straight win under the Portuguese.
It is the manager’s first return to the touchline at Old Trafford since his sacking by the Red Devils last December.
Ahead of the crunch clash, the manager and his team checked in to their hotel on Tuesday and were mobbed by Spurs supporters, who waited in the cold Manchester conditions to greet their heroes.
Mourinho, dressed in his familiar Spurs training gear, appeared in high spirits and was more than happy to sign autographs for fans.
It was revealed on Tuesday how Mourinho and his Spurs side rejected the chance to stay at the Lowry Hotel and will instead be located at the £70-a-night Crowne Plaza.
The likeable manager will aim to continue his 100 per cent start as Spurs manager when he returns to Old Trafford for the first time as a coach since being sacked by United.
The Portuguese won the Europa League and League Cup in two full seasons at United but was sacked midway through the last campaign with the club sixth in the Premier League.
He re-surfaced at Tottenham a fortnight ago after the club parted company with Mauricio Pochettino, and he has overseen three consecutive victories to take Spurs up to fifth.
Mourinho’s United reign was a rocky one but as well as delivering two trophies they also finished runners-up to Manchester City in 2017-18 – a feat the two-time Champions League-winning coach claimed was one of his best achievements.
“Tomorrow I go back as a coach of the team that is going to try and beat Manchester United and that maybe gives a different perspective,” the Portuguese said on Tuesday.
“Going back to Old Trafford is to go back to a place where I was happy. I can say that. I have a great relation with the Manchester United supporters.
“I expect there is respect shown towards me, but I understand what they want is exactly the opposite of what I want – I want Tottenham to win.
“During the match of course I expect them to forget me and I expect them to support their team.”
Mourinho’s return to Old Trafford has dominated the build-up to the game but he says his time at United is now ‘in my history book’.
He added: “At United I won and I learned. My time after I left was a good time for me.”