Ahead of Manchester United’s game against Liverpool, Jose Mourinho has said that he is looking forward to playing against our hated rivals, although hopes the atmosphere doesn’t leave to Munich and Hillsborough chants.
I look forward to it, yes. I always like to play at Anfield. I have won big matches and lost big matches there, so I cannot say I like to go there as I am always successful because that is not true. I like to go there because I like the atmosphere and the characteristics of the matches.
Being Manchester United manager means something more. I cannot compare the historical rivalry between my previous clubs and Liverpool to United and Liverpool. It is a big match that can be comparable to Inter versus Milan, Real versus Barcelona and maybe even Porto versus Benfica.
I go there to play my game, do my work and enjoy my work which normally I do. I think the fans should also go to enjoy, support their team and be negative and create a bad atmosphere for the opposition, but in the limits of the safety and the respect. I think that is going to happen.
We have some ‘football tragedies’, if you can say it like that, like when you lose a big game or a player makes a big mistake – you can make fun of it. The human tragedy, however, is something much more serious and not the thing somebody should use on a football pitch. These tragedies need our respect, so I would be really sad if that was a negative point in such a big match.