Mourinho wants an all English affair for United in UCL

Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho revealed he would like his former side to face a Premier League rival in the Champions League quarter-finals.

With the draws set to take place at 11 am on Friday, the Red Devils could be paired alongside Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham, Juventus, Barcelona, Ajax or Porto.

Solskjaer’s men qualified the hard way after a stunning comeback against Paris Saint-Germain.

And Mourinho would like an English team to face Manchester United.

When asked about his ideal quarter-final line-up, Mourinho told RT via Metro: “I would like English teams to play against each other, without any kind of preference.

“But I would do two matches between English teams, which would mean two teams would be in the semi-finals.

“I think if the draw gives something like Manchester City versus Manchester United, or Tottenham against Liverpool, for example, I think would be absolutely fantastic matches.”

The former Porto boss said he would fancy a kind draw for the Portuguese side.

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“My second choice would be not by tactical or emotional reasons but by what I think would be fantastic extra motivation I would do Ajax versus Porto, as that would mean one of them to reach the semi-finals.

“They are doing so, so well during the competition that I think it would be amazing for one of them.

“It would be amazing for Portugal as a country, Netherlands as a country, to have a team in the semi-final.”

Mourinho, however, feels a potential meeting between favourites Juve and Barca will come too soon at this stage.

“I wouldn’t like Juventus against Barcelona because I think it would be something really special Barcelona against Juventus in a possible final or semi-final.

“Two great teams that are not being successful in the Champions League for a few years, of course, Juventus so much more than Barcelona.

“And led by two big players Cristiano [Ronaldo] and [Lionel] Messi is something I wouldn’t waste on a quarter-final, I would wait a little bit more.”


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