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Jose Mourinho promising a respectful Blues return


Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho

By Mark Critchley

Jose Mourinho has said returning to Stamford Bridge to play Chelsea is now just "another game" for him and insisted he will not gloat if his Manchester United win today (12.30pm).

Mourinho enjoyed two separate and largely successful spells at Chelsea, winning three Premier League titles - in '04/05, '05/06 and '14/15 - before leaving in acrimonious circumstances at the end of his second stint.

The United manager's relationship with Chelsea supporters has strained since taking over at Old Trafford. During a 2017 FA Cup quarter-final, Mourinho was labelled 'Judas' by the Stamford Bridge crowd, to which he replied: "Judas is still No.1."

Mourinho, however, insisted he will show nothing but respect to his former club and their supporters, even if United pull off a win in memorable fashion.

"For me it is another game," said Mourinho. "Would I celebrate like crazy my team's goal or my team's victory at Stamford Bridge? I don't think so.

"I think I would try to control myself and to respect the stadium and the supporters that were my supporters and stadium for many years.

"But apart from that it is another match for me. I want to do well for my team, players and support. I am 100% Manchester United."

Mourinho has a poor record at Stamford Bridge since leaving Chelsea. As United manager, he has lost all three of his returns by an aggregate score of 6-0.

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