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Jose Mourinho June 2, 2004.

Jose Mourinho: Best lines from his previous press conferences

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When Jose Mourinho sits down in his very first press conference as Manchester United manager, he will have a lot to live up to.

The Special One. The Happy One. Mourinho has made quite the impression in many of his introductory meetings in previous managerial roles and fans of the Red Devils will be hoping for an equally symbolic start to his Old Trafford reign.

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However, if you cannot wait that long, we have put together the very best of the Portuguese's best moments from his opening press conferences at Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and, of course, Chelsea again.

Can Manchester United's fans take anything from his past press conferences to predict how Tuesday will go? Take a look and find out.

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Chelsea – 2004

As always, let's start at the beginning. Mourinho arrived at Stamford Bridge having just lifted the Champions League with Porto in quite possibly the biggest upset in the competition's history.

He arrived with a justified arrogance, declaring himself to be 'a Special One', a name which has stuck with him everywhere he has gone for the last 12 years.

"We have top players and, sorry if I'm arrogant, we have a top manager. Please don't call me arrogant, but I'm European champion and I think I'm a special one."

Inter Milan - 2008

Following a successful three years at Chelsea in which he won two Premier League titles, Mourinho fled to Italy after an infamous fall out with Roman Abramovich. He arrived at Inter Milan slightly battered but with a reputation for delivering as much entertainment off the field as success on it.

"We have to forget what we have won - that has been won and is history. We need to have new aims. I like to win and always put the past aside and think to the future."

Considering Inter had won 16 titles in Italy's top flight, his comments were met with confusion but Manchester United, who have won 20 in their history, can expect to be told something similar. Mourinho will want to drive that sense of entitlement out of the Red Devils squad as a matter of priority.

Real Madrid - 2010

Three Serie A titles and a Champions League later, Mourinho reached the pinnacle of club football when he left for Real Madrid. It would be his biggest challenge yet. Topping Pep Guardiola's Barcelona is an unenviable task but Mourinho was up for the challenge.

His opening press conference focussed on Cristiano Ronaldo, who was then at the very peak of his powers but struggling to integrate with the rest of Los Blancos following his £80m move from United.

"I understand that Ronaldo is an important player for Real and for the world of football. But my players must understand that the most important thing is the club.

"Cristiano likes to win, so if he likes to win it is not difficult to persuade him the most important thing is not the coach or the players but the club."

Chelsea - 2013

Water under the bridge allowed Mourinho to return to west London, where Mourinho seemed happiest. He has always made his love for England's capital clear and the Special One had every intention of hanging around for longer than his perceived expiration date of three seasons.

According to Sky Sports, Mourinho said the word 'stability' seven times during his press conference. That pales in comparison to the number of times he said 'happy', which he said on 22 occasions.

"I am the happy one"

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