Jose Mourinho has described Saturday’s fixture between Chelsea and Manchester United as just another game and has said it is nothing for him to get too excited about.
It has been a woeful start to the season for Manchester United so far, losing three of their opening eight Premier League games of the season, and having to rely on a late comeback to beat a winless Newcastle United 3-2 in their last outing.
That result, combined with the international break, has seen speculation about Mourinho’s future calm down somewhat, but with a return to his former club Chelsea up next – a side who are still unbeaten and currently sit in second in the league – it could be a make or break game in Mourinho’s United tenure.
However, the Portuguese has said he is not feeling too emotional about his latest return to Stamford Bridge, saying it is just another game, and that he intends to respect the fans who used to sing his name:
“It’s another game. Would I celebrate like crazy, my team goal at Stamford Bridge or my team victory at Stamford Bridge? I don’t think so,” Mourinho said in his pre-match press conference.
“I think I would try to control myself and to respect the stadium and the supporters that were my supporters and stadium for many years.
“To do that should be something where I completely lost my emotional control, which is not easy, so I would think which stadium I am in, which public is in the stands, but apart from that, it’s another match for me.
“I want to do well for my team, players, support, I am 100 per cent Manchester United tomorrow, no more space than respect for the stadium and the fans.”
The game between Chelsea an United kicks off at 12:30 BST.