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Jose Mourinho reveals the Sir Alex Ferguson record he wants to break

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When Sir Alex Ferguson retired after leading Manchester United to the Premier League title during the 2012/13 season, the Red Devils had to try and replace one of the greatest managers the sport has ever seen.

The Scot won 13 league titles at Old Trafford as well two Champions Leagues.

It was always going to be an impossible task to be his successor.

That task fell to David Moyes but ‘The Chosen One’ didn’t even last a season.

Next up was Louis van Gaal. However, two underwhelming campaigns later and the Dutchman was also dismissed.

After three mediocre seasons, it was time for Jose Mourinho.

He may have only finished sixth in his debut Premier League campaign but a Europa League and League Cup victories gave United fans hope.

And now, after starting the season with three consecutive wins, there’s belief that the glory days are just around the corner.

And Mourinho himself is even carried away.

That’s because he’s identified a record held by Ferguson that he wants to break.

The record Mourinho wants to break

That record? The amount of Champions League matches managed.

While Mourinho has already won the same amount of Champions League trophies as Ferguson, he’s managed 61 games fewer - a tally that he wants to overhaul.

"I know that I am in the top five or six but I'm quite far, especially from the top one [Sir Alex], but I will fight hard to go for that record," Mourinho said.

"Last season, I lost a season in the chase for this record but Manchester United is where Manchester United has to be and I'm really happy with that.

"The Champions League night is a unique experience for everyone. I have some players without that great experience, I think it will be fabulous for them and the fans to be back in the Champions League and to have the initial three matches to be played at Old Trafford, I think is fantastic."

So far, Mourinho has taken charge of 133 games in Europe’s elite competition, while Ferguson managed 194.

Reaching the latter stages of this year’s tournament would be a good start for ‘The Special One.’

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