Jose Mourinho says his time in United is a “closed chapter”. The manager prepares to take Tottenham to Old Trafford on Wednesday.
“This is a closed chapter for me.” Said Mourinho. “I left the club and took my time to process everything that happened.”
“I took the time to prepare myself for the next challenge.”
“Honestly, United for me is in my book of experiences. It’s in my history books.”
Mourinho left United in December 2018. The club was at its sixth in the Premier league table.
Currently, United under Mourinho’s successor, Solskjaer is ninth, two points behind Tottenham who are fifth.
The 56-year-old won the league cup, the Europa League and the Community Shield during his time at United. Additionally, he finished runners up in the league in 2017-18.
“It is not for me to analyze United now. I analyze them as opponents. How they play, how we can beat them, how they can beat us, for me that is the important thing.” Added Mourinho.
“I have a great relationship with Manchester United supporters. I went back as a pundit and I was humbled by such a beautiful reception.”
“Tomorrow I go back as the coach of the team that will try to beat Manchester United.”
“I understand that what they want is the exact opposite of what I want. Of course, during the match, I expect them to forget me.”
On singing new players to Tottenham, Mourinho has spoken to Daniel Levy regarding the Belgium center-halves Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen. Also, he has addressed the issue of Denmark midfielder, Christian Eriksen.
All three are out of contract at the end of the season and are free to speak to other clubs from January.
“If I tell you that I didn’t speak with Mr. Levy about Eriksen, Alderweireld and Vertonghen, I would be lying,” Mourinho admitted. “So, yes, I’m speaking with Mr. Levy about that.”
“At the same time, I speak with all the players also. We try to understand every detail but it’s not something I’m going to discuss.”