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Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho is convinced his side will be celebrating in a fortnight's time after both legs of their Champions League last 16 tie with Manchester United.

However, he does not expect the match to determined until the very end of the second leg at Old Trafford.

"I have told the players that they have got to go into this tie and not be afraid of the possibility of, in 15 days, Inter being out of Champions League. We have got to go into this tie thinking that in 15 days probably we can celebrate that we have beaten the European champions."

He added: "Nothing will be decided tomorrow.  After the game, we will all have the feeling that there is going to be another great game at Old Trafford.

"Probably come the last minute at Old Trafford, nobody knows who is going to go through.

"I am not expecting a result tomorrow that you can say it is done, that Manchester United or Inter have done it."

Mourinho holds the upper hand over Sir Alex Ferguson having lost only once in 10 previous meetings while he was in charge of Chelsea, but he does not expect that to be playing on the United manager's mind.

"From what I know of him as a coach, he has a lot of faith in himself and his team, and rightly too," he said.

"If I am relaxed here now, he will certainly be the same, if not more relaxed than me.

"It will be a great pleasure to meet him again and it will be the same for him. We have had a great relationship from the start built on great respect and I hope it goes on like this to the end."

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