Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has insisted he will not return to Stamford Bridge for Monday night’s FA Cup quarter-final seeking revenge on the Chelsea players who played a huge role in his departure from the club last season.
After admitting that both he and his players were guilty of ‘switching off’ after they won the Premier League title and the League Cup in the 2014/15 season, Mourinho side-stepped the offer from his interviewer Gary Lineker to criticise his former players.
Instead, Mourinho was keen to downplay the significance of his return to Chelsea, as he looks to avoid a repeat of his first game there as United manager that ended in a 4-0 defeat last October.
“I’m not looking for revenge, I’m not looking for anything wrong or bad. People at Chelsea don’t forget what I’ve done there,” Mourinho told the BBC.
“Last season, I think we were all guilty after winning the Premier League and the League Cup, we were all guilty in the second season (of switching off).”
Lineker then asked Mourinho to clarify whether his current post is the one job he has craved throughout his career, as he pressed him on suggestions that he was disappointed not to get the job after Alex Ferguson retired in the summer of 2013.
“No, I cannot say I had Manchester United on my mind, I won’t say that,” he continued. “Manchester United has a name, has a prestige, something magic in football that attracts everyone, so I think it is normal (that he wants to be United manager).”
Mourinho also re-affirmed his commitment to United, as he suggested he wants to remain at Old Trafford for many years to come after he won his first silverware with the club in last month’s EFL Cup final.
“I love the club. I feel I will be here for much more time because the connection is so good with everyone,” he added.
“The hard part is the expectation. The club is guilty for this because of their history and I am also guilty (for creating expectation) because I win trophies at every club. The expectations we create, there is a gap and that is the most difficult thing.
“I hope I stay at this club longer than any other. I said at Chelsea, I stay here as long as you want.
“Now I say the same to Manchester United. I am really happy, I really enjoy to work here. So I give my word to the owners and the board that I am happy to stay here as long as they want.”