Jose Mourinho says Manchester United fans will forget about him, some will boo him as they praise their own Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Portuguese coach takes his new side Tottenham Hotspur to the Red Devils on Wednesday hoping to maintain his 100 percent record as boss-about one year after he was dismissed as United boss and replaced by Ole Gunnar.
And he insists he had a good relationship with supporters in the northwest and doesn’t expect boos – although admits they will be supporting Solskjaer and not him during the match.
“In relation to Solskjaer, he is the guy trying to win the game for United fans. They’re not going to support me. One thing is a nice to reaction but during the game, they’re going to support Solskjaer,” he said.
“That’s the nature of the game and the nature of a place with an incredible history and fans who understand clearly the passion of the club. They love the club, they love Solskjaer.
“Again, if you want to speak about United as an opponent, let’s speak about them as an opponent. About my history there, go to my office upstairs and I still have a couple of pictures of my Man United time and that’s it.
“These are things they can do this season too. They can win the Europa League; they’ve qualified for the knockout. They can win the Carabao Cup as they are still in the competition.
“They can win the FA Cup; they’ve got Wolves in the first round. They can achieve these targets. I did it, that’s how we did it in my time. We did it but they can also do it this season.
“Going back to Old Trafford is to go back to a place where I was happy. I can say that I was happy. I have a great relationship with Manchester United supporters. I went back as a pundit which is a different perspective. I was really humbled by such a beautiful reception.
“I go back as the coach of a team that is trying to beat Manchester United and that maybe gives a different perspective. 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,” he explained.