Mourinho quotes Nelson Mandela when asked about Man Utd sacking

Mourinho quotes Nelson Mandela when asked about Man Utd sacking

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has picked one of Nelson Mandela's quotes ahead of a trip to Manchester United on Wednesday.

The Old Trafford will light up on Wednesday as Mourinho makes a return one year after being sacked by the Red Devils.

After 11 months out of the game, the 56-year-old was appointed Spurs boss last month, replacing the sacked Mauricio Pochettino, and Mourinho insists he enjoyed his time in Manchester.

"This is a closed chapter for me," said Mourinho, who has guided Spurs to three consecutive victories. "I left the club and took my time to process everything that happened. I took my time to prepare myself for the next challenge.

"Honestly, Manchester United for me now is in my history book. Like Mr. [Nelson] Mandela was saying: 'You never lose – you win or you learn'. At United, I won and I learned. No regrets."

"Going back to Old Trafford is to go back to a place where I was happy," he added. "I have a great relationship with Manchester United supporters. I went back as a pundit [and] was humbled by such a beautiful reception.

"Tomorrow I go back as the coach of the team that is going to try to beat Manchester United. 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.

"Before the game and after, one thing is to be in the corridor where I don’t know anybody. Another thing is to meet in the corridor good friends, people who work with me, people who I have a very good relationship with, people I keep in contact with on the phone, SMS, WhatsApp. That’s a different thing. Before and after the game, it’s going to be a little bit different and I’m happy with that. During the game, there’s no space for any feelings at all.

"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. They’re not going to support me, they’re going to support [current boss Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer."