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How Jose Mourinho has fared so far returning to his old clubs  

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Scrapping with Chelsea's bench on his last visit as Manchester United boss or putting in a tactical masterclass to knock out Barcelona and reach the Champions League final with Inter Milan... how Jose Mourinho has fared so far returning to his old clubsJose Mourinho makes his first return to Old Trafford as a rival on WednesdayMourinho's new side Tottenham take on out-of-form Manchester United nextHis record going back to former clubs is mixed but he will now be confidentSportsmail went back through history to see just how he fared in homecomings 

Jose Mourinho is more often than not a man with a chip on his shoulder. It could be irritation in the media, a need to create a siege mentality or that he is just in a bad mood. 

This all seems to come to a head when he goes back to one of his former clubs and there will be an added intensity as he walks out at Manchester United as the Tottenham manager. 

He took United to trophies, not least the Europa League in his first season, and was well liked for most of his time in charge. 

Jose Mourinho has a smile back on his face having taken over as Tottenham's new manager

He returns to Manchester United for the first time on Wednesday, where he was sacked in 2018

But it all unravelled and after defeat at Anfield at the back end of 2018, the mood had soured beyond repair. He was sacked and replaced by club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who soon transformed the fortunes during his time as interim boss. 

Mourinho's long, esteemed career has seen him return back to Porto, back to Chelsea, and now back to Manchester.  

And so, ahead of his first return to Old Trafford on Wednesday night, Sportsmail delved into the archives to look at each of his returns to his former clubs and reflected on how they panned out... 


October 20, 2018 

Mourinho's last visit to west London as a football manager wouldn't have looked out of place in a West End theatre.

The Portuguese was in the thick of the drama as his Manchester United side conceded a late equaliser at the hands of his former employers. The Red Devils came from a goal down to lead 2-1 before Ross Barkley scored in the 96th minute to rescue a point.

Chelsea's technical assistant Marco Ianni raced to celebrate Barkley's strike in front of Mourinho, which saw the former Blues boss lose his cool after holding it together for large spells. He jumped up to confront Ianni and was then cooled down by United's staff members and substitute goalkeeper Sergio Romero.

He taunted the home fans at the final whistle with three fingers, indicating how many Premier League trophies he had won at Chelsea, after chants of 'f*** off Mourinho' echoed around his former home.

The riled-up Portuguese held up three fingers to remind Chelsea fans how many times he won

The game descended into chaos at the end as Mourinho (left) was embroiled in a bench row


November 5, 2017 

Mourinho entered the press room after this encounter visibly fuming, and could not wait to vent his frustrations on the way Chelsea had scored the only goal of the game.

The ball had already been planted in the back of the United net in the first half when Alvaro Morata forced Phil Jones to make the most comical of attempts of a clearance from a dangerous, in-swinging cross. Fortunately for the red-faced United defender, he was judged to have been pushed before pinging the ball into his own top corner on the volley.

Morata would, however, go on to have the decisive say in the match, rising in the 55th minute, unmarked, to power home a Cesar Azpilicueta cross. 'In the only period they were in control they score the goal,' said an irked Mourinho at the final whistle.

The Portuguese had been given a painful reception at Stamford Bridge by the fans who once adored him, and there was a distinct lack of handshake at the final whistle with his managerial counterpart Antonio Conte. The pair would go on to exchange snipes back and forth in the media for the remainder of the campaign. Tasty. 

It was another frustrating return to west London for Mourinho as he could not inspire a win

Tensions between Mourinho (left) and Antonio Conte (right) frayed once again on the sidelines


March 13, 2017 

It was another miserable return to Stamford Bridge for Mourinho as his United side bowed out of the FA Cup.

N'Golo Kante got the only goal of the game early in the second half but this one was all about what was happening on the touchline as Mourinho and Conte were involved in furious debates following a red card for Ander Herrera. 

Mourinho was fired-up on the touchline, pacing his technical area having lost his first return to west London 4-0. While this one wasn't a rout, it was another defeat and he said himself on his Tottenham unveiling, he will never be OK with defeats.  

Constant stick and abuse from Chelsea fans was unlikely to have eased Mourinho's annoyance at how it panned out as Eden Hazard ran the show for the Blues to keep alive their hopes of a domestic double.  

The United boss was legt raging at referee Michael Oliver after a hotly-contested FA Cup tie

Tensions spilled over with Mourinho (left) and Conte (right) as the fourth official intervened


October 23, 2016 

When Jose Mourinho was sacked for the second time by Chelsea in December 2015, the Blues sat 16th in the Premier League but still held him in high regard. 

However, his return to Stamford Bridge as Manchester United boss was a day he'd no doubt like to forget. As the former Chelsea boss took his seat in the opposing dugout - a sight in itself - he received a warm reception from the home fans - having previously led them to seven major trophies. But his moment to soak up any affection was short lived. 

Just 30 seconds into the match, Pedro took advantage of some questionable defending and Chelsea were ahead. It did not get better for Mourinho or Manchester United thereafter. 

Chelsea went on to score four while the home fans could not help a dig at their former boss as 'you're not special anymore' went around the stands at Stamford Bridge.  

Shook by the result and his reception, Mourinho turned his frustrations towards then boss Conte for trying to humiliate him in front of his former fans. A scuffle broke out at the final whistle before Mourinho and his backroom staff stormed down the tunnel. 

His first return to Chelsea with Manchester United was a disaster that ended in a 4-0 battering


April 28, 2010

This was Mourinho's zenith. Stinging from his rejection when he applied to replace Frank Rijkaard at Barcelona in 2008, it built in him a deep resentment towards the club where he had cut his cloth as Bobby Robson's translator and No 2.

Inter led 3-1 from the first leg of this Champions League semi-final, and Mourinho was intent on stifling Pep Guardiola's all-conquering Barcelona back at the Nou Camp.

The controversial sending off of Thiago Motta in the opening half hour complicated matters, but Inter continued defending deep and resolutely. They saw just 24 per cent of the ball and didn't have a single shot.

Gerard Pique's 84th-minute strike set up a frantic finale, but Inter's dogged defence stood tall and, after the final whistle, Mourinho's wild celebrations on the pitch became legend.

One of Mourinho's greatest nights as he guided Inter Milan into the Champions League final


March 16, 2010

This was Mourinho's first return to Stamford Bridge, two-and-a-half years after his departure from Chelsea in September 2007.

A side playing free-flowing attacking football under Carlo Ancelotti were, however, outfoxed on the night by a typically gritty and sturdy performance from Mourinho's Inter. The man himself thrived in the spotlight, innocently chatting to the Chelsea squad in the tunnel pre-match before astutely frustrating his former employers throughout with his defensive tactics.

Samuel Eto'o made sure of progression to the Champions League quarter-finals with a 79th-minute goal, and a late Didier Drogba red card compounded a hideous night for the Blues.

It was a glorious return for the Portuguese though, and it was step one in a expertly-executed European knockout campaign which finished with the Champions League trophy in May.

Back at Chelsea, Mourinho still had the magic touch as he ground out a vital win for Inter Milan

There were wild celebrations when Samuel Eto'o got the only goal of the game against Chelsea


November 24, 2009

Having learnt his craft as a coach at Barcelona, Mourinho was taught a lesson by the Spanish giants on his return to Catalonia with Inter Milan.

While their first group-stage meeting, at the San Siro, ended 0-0, even Mourinho felt compelled to praise Barcelona's 'spectacular football' on a night that stirred the growing enmity between coach and club.

Without the injured Lionel Messi and benched Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Guardiola's side took the lead when Pique was granted the freedom of the Inter box to plant home a header from a corner.

Pedro put the finishing touch to a sublime passing move straight out of the Barcelona playbook as Mourinho and his side had no answer. The Portuguese was learning, however, and four months later, in the most important game, he would have his revenge.

Mourinho started as assistant at Barcelona to Bobby Robson and always wanted to beat them

But Barcelona were simply too strong on this occasion as they ran out comfortable winners


February 21, 2007

Mourinho was keen to prove he had learned from his first return to Porto and it took a smart finish from Andriy Shevchenko to ensure a valuable draw in the last-16 of the Champions League. 

It looked like it had all the hallmarks of another sorry homecoming when influential Chelsea captain John Terry went down clutching his ankle, and was forced to come off, after seven minutes. 

And when Raul Meireles struck home the opener, Mourinho etched a scowl across his face. It was a real test of just how special the 'Special One' really was. 

In truth, they were worthy of the result and it swung momentum back to Chelsea's camp with a score draw heading back to Stamford Bridge. Performance aside, it was another masterful night from the Portuguese boss. 

An animated 'Special One' cut a frustrated figure on his second return to Porto with Chelsea

Andriy Shevchenko (right) scored a vital away goal in their last-16 Champions League match


December 7, 2004

An unhappy return for Jose Mourinho in the season after he left Porto - the club where he made his name - for Chelsea. Porto were the reigning champions of Europe and secured a place in the knockout stages courtesy of Benni McCarthy's 85th-minute header that gave them a 2-1 win. 

Damien Duff put Chelsea ahead before Diego levelled the game. Mourinho was given a warm welcome by the 42,000 at the Estadio Dragao, despite concerns that there could be a security issue pre-match. 

It was only Chelsea's second defeat of the season at that point. 

Mourinho was all smiles as photographers swarmed around him for his first return to Porto

Benni Mccarthy (left) scored but Mourinho (right) felt his old side were diving for advantages


February 15, 2004

While he made his name at Porto, it was Benfica where it all began for Mourinho as a manager and he was no doubt determined not to be shown up on his first game back at the Estadio da Luz. 

With Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo on his bench and Deco and Ricardo Carvalho - who would later join him at Chelsea - in his starting Porto side, they were not short on confidence. 

It was a dream start for Mourinho, who was keen to remind Benfica fans what they were missing, when Costinha opened the scoring prior to the half hour mark. 

But whatever was said in the Benfica dressing room at half-time clearly worked as they looked a different opposition on their return to the pitch, equalising inside four minutes of the restart through Simao. A point apiece in the end but Mourinho laid down a marker that he was ready to catapult Porto - and himself - to bigger and better things.  

His first return to Benfica, where he started management, ended in an entertaining 1-1 draw

Simao (right) struck early in the second half to ensure Mourinho did not make a winning return

Contributions from James Dutton, Amitai Winehouse, Danny Gallagher, Jennifer Brown, James Ayles, Kieran Jackson, Anthony Hay and Nathan Salt 


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