Jose Mourinho has promised to end Tottenham’s trophy drought.
Mourinho insists he will prove he has not lost his magic touch even though he admits he faces a huge task in turning around their last 16 Champions League tie.
Tottenham boss Mourinho has won the European Cup twice and three Premier League titles in a glittering career with Porto, Chelsea , Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester United .
But Mourinho knows he is under pressure at Tottenham who brought him in to deliver silverware as they have not won anything since the League Cup in 2008.
Mourinho, who signed a three and a half year contract until 2023, said: “I believe Tottenham is not going to be my only club without silverware. I won it at every club and I believe I am going to do it also with Tottenham.
“I am here for three or four months. I get the team in v difficult situation and now even more difficult but I believe in me, in the players, in the club and I believe that during my contract I will help the club to do it.”
Mourinho has been dealt another huge injury blow after ruling £26m January signing Steven Bergwijn for the rest of the season after he suffered a sprained left ankle at Burnley on Saturday.
Tottenham trail 1-0 from the first leg and Mourinho said the players must embrace the club’s To Dare Is To Do motto and be brave and attack RB Leipzig despite being big underdogs.
Spurs are renowned for their ambition of winning with style but Mourinho insisted his philosophy delivers success even if there is no escape from the club’s vision.
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“To dare is to do? I read it every day because it’s written everywhere at the training ground and of course it is,” said Mourinho.
You know more or less my principles, my philosophy, what I love and hate. Yes I feel connection with to dare is to do.
“And tomorrow is a time to give abs everything. We win or we leave everything we have on that pitch. But take more risks and win nothing? It’s good to take risks when you win.”
Jose Mourinho returns to Old Trafford tonight as the new Tottenham boss looks to heap more pressure on his Manchester United successor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Mourinho was relieved of his duties last December, and it will be a little under a year to the day that the Special One heads back to the Theatre of Dreams in charge of a new club.
Tottenham have enjoyed the so-called ‘new manager bounce’ with three wins out of three for Mourinho to leave them fifth in the Premier League table – though that says as much about the likes of Arsenal and United as it does about Spurs.
Mourinho’s return could not come at a worse time for Solskjaer, who contrived to draw against Sheffield United (3-3) and Aston Villa (2-2) with Mauricio Pochettino waiting in the wings.
While United are keen to back Solskjaer’s long-term vision for the club, a humbling home defeat to Mourinho of all people could force Ed Woodward to pull the trigger once again in December.
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Welcome to Standard Sport‘s LIVE coverage of Manchester United vs Tottenham as Jose Mourinho returns to Old Trafford for the first time *as a manager* since his sacking last December.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was installed as his successor at United, and now knows the intense heat Mourinho was feeling in the dugout 12 months ago.
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Manchester United 1-1 Tottenham: Despite his warm words for United of late, Mourinho would dearly love to inflict a convincing defeat on them on their own turf.
The saving grace for United is that Solskjaer and his side are better in big games, and should have a decent game plan – so a draw is most likely.
Anthony Martial is a major concern for Manchester United ahead of Mourinho’s return to Old Trafford.
The France forward suffered a muscle strain late on against Aston Villa on Sunday, making him doubt for Tottenham.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping for better news with Scott McTominay, who is still recovering from the ankle injury he picked up before the last international break.
If Martial fails to recover in time, it could see Solskjaer opt for a three-man central defence, with Marcus Rashford and Daniel James playing as a wide front two.
Mourinho will be missing Hugo Lloris until the New Year, while Michel Vorm’s absence means Paulo Gazzaniga is certain to keep his starting role in goal.
Erik Lamela is sidelined with a thigh injury along with Ben Davies (ankle).
Despite three wins out of three, Mourinho has concerns over a defence which has conceded two goals in each of those matches.
It will be fascinating to see whether the Portuguese coach attempts to constrict such a high-stakes game in his usual manner, or if he sticks with how Spurs are currently winning – by forgetting about defending and looking to outgun a similarly shaky United back line.
Man Utd XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Tuanzebe, Maguire, Lindelof, Williams; McTominay, Fred, Pereira; Rashford, James
Tottenham XI: Gazzaniga; Aurier, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Vertonghen; Ndombele, Dier; Sissoko, Dele Alli, Son; Kane
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You can follow all the action on Standard Sport’s LIVE match blog with James Robson and Dan Kilpatrick at Old Trafford.
Head to head (H2H) results history
United have a great record against Tottenham with 91 wins to Spurs’ 52 victories, and 48 draws.
However, their recent history is more evenly split with the last nine meetings alternating between Spurs and United wins.
Last season, Spurs thrashed United 3-0 on their last visit to Old Trafford – a result which sparked the beginning of the end for Mourinho in Manchester – but the Red Devils got their own back with a 1-0 win in north London the last time they met.
Manchester United host Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday evening as Jose Mourinho makes his return to Old Trafford.
Spurs have won three games in succession since Mourinho took charge of the club, with Dele Alli leading the resurgence.
However, it’s been a contrasting tale for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who suffered another blow last weekend as his side stumbled to a drab draw against Aston Villa.
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The pressure is growing on the Norwegian, despite the club’s public backing of him, and a defeat against his predecessor could prove a tipping point.
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Scott McTominay is expected to make his return from an ankle injury, while Jesse Lingard could start after Juan Mata’s disappointing performance against Villa. The game comes too soon for Paul Pogba, though, who Solskjaer confirmed is not yet ready to return.
Harry Winks could replace Tanguy Ndombele in midfield, while Danny Rose could return to counteract United’s pace down the flanks.
The match will be available to watch and stream on Amazon Prime.
What are the odds?
Manchester United to win: 13/8
Tottenham to win: 8/5
The match will be frenetic with Mourinho’s former players desperate to stick it to him, while the manager himself will urgently want to get one over United at Old Trafford.
However, the two sides are on such dramatic different planes of momentum at the moment that, although United could start with a renewed vigour and desire, Spurs’ quality and form should ultimately shine through in a hot-blooded encounter.