Tottenham Hotspur travel to Old Trafford on Wednesday as excitement grows over Jose Mourinho’s return to Manchester.
The Portuguese was sacked by Manchester United almost a year ago after failing to produce results. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stepped into save the Red Devils but after the initial high wore off, they relapsed back into their poor form.
Mourinho left the club demanding respect from the media and fans as they continued to question him. But the veteran manager is back again in the Premier League as he was chosen as Mauricio Pochettino’s successor, less than 24 hours after the latter got the sack. Thus a return to face his former club screams excitement to neutral fans all over the world.
However, it is unclear how the Old Trafford crowd would react to his return as the former Chelsea boss left in a bittersweet manner. The fanbase stood divided as many did not agree with the board’s decision of moving on from him.
Nevertheless, Solskjaer believes the supporters would welcome him with respect.
“A very good reception [for Mourinho],” the Norwegian said.
“That’s just a testament to this club and these supporters, remember two and a half years, won trophies.
“I’m 100 per cent sure our fans, staff and club will welcome him.”
The United boss also insisted the comeback of their former manager wouldn’t affect the players’ motivation.
“I don’t think whoever manager of opposition team is will change motivation, they’re motivated to do well for Manchester United,” he explained.
“They know it’s about improving every day in training and step on that pitch to be part of this long-term.
“When you put the shirt on you’ve gotta give it your all, the boys are a bit disappointed after Sunday, after the game,” the ex-Red Devil added.
“But now all eyes are on Wednesday night.”
Spurs have been in top form since the appointment of the former Real Madrid boss, whilst the Mancunians have suffered very disappointing results. There is a lot of speculation around the Norwegian manager’s future that should he fail to fetch a result against Tottenham, he would lose his job.
And to lose one’s job at the hands of the person you replaced would be just poetic to say the least.