Jose Mourinho will make his first return to Stamford Bridge this afternoon after his acrimonious departure in December 2015.
The Portuguese was sacked with Chelsea sitting in 16th place in the Premier League table, but results on the field weren’t even the worst of his problems.
He’d lost the support of his players and staff members, and the fans who once adored him no longer referred to him as the ‘Special One’. Instead, he was the ‘Miserable One’.
It would be surprising if Chelsea fans booed Mourinho when he makes his re-appearance in west London but stranger things have happened.
The 53-year-old admitted he doesn’t care if he receives a bad reception. All he wants is a Manchester United win.
This afternoon’s game isn’t the first time Mourinho has been back to Stamford Bridge as manager of the opposing team. In 2010, his Inter Milan team recorded a 1-0 win there in the Champions League.
Mourinho's record vs. former teams
That victory was just one of plenty Mourinho has enjoyed against his old teams.
In fact, his record versus his former employers will give United great confidence heading into the game.
In 20 games against his old teams (Chelsea, Porto, Uniao de Leiria and Benfica), Mourinho has lost only three times.
He’s been victorious on 12 occasions, drawing the other five.
Mourinho knocked Chelsea out of Europe six years ago, Inter Milan beating the Blues home and away in their round-of-16 contest.
Nervous, Chelsea fans?
If Monday’s 0-0 draw between Liverpool and Manchester United is anything to go by, Mourinho will try to frustrate his replacement, Antonio Conte, by setting his team up not to concede.
Chelsea know better than any team out there that Mourinho’s M.O. is never to lose. And he rarely does against his old teams.
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