Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has denied that he ever dreamed of managing Manchester United.
The Portuguese coach, who was tipped to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at the end of last season, claims that he was always focused on thinking of ways to beat the Red Devils – rather than helping them win trophies.
"I never have these dreams," Mourinho was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. "I'm focused on my club, I don't think of any other thing. I was always on the touchline at Old Trafford thinking, 'How can I win this match?'"
United - with the help of Ferguson - appointed the former Everton manager David Moyes in May, while Mourinho returned to Chelsea this summer after a difficult three-year spell with Spanish giants Real Madrid.
However, Mourinho also revealed that he told Ferguson of his dream to return to Stamford Bridge during his final months as the coach at the Bernabeu.
"In the same way he told me he was going to retire and I kept secret on that, I also told him I was coming in this direction," Mourinho continued. "Not definitely, because I couldn't say that. It was not done and I had a contract with Madrid and I had to be free of that. But at the same time he knew I wanted to come to Chelsea."
Mourinho and Ferguson have developed a strong bond in recent years, and the Portuguese believes this is why they confided in each other towards the end of last season.
"He thought this big decision he could share with me, the same way I told him that I was on my way to Chelsea," Mourinho added. "We kept that (secret). We trust each other."
Mourinho takes his Chelsea side to Old Trafford on Monday night – a match which could provide a glimpse into where the Premier League trophy could be heading to next spring.