Jose Mourinho is a man plenty of reds want to see replace Sir Alex Ferguson. I am not one of them. Being drawn against his side is an extra incentive to win, as if claiming a place in the quarter-finals of the European Cup wasn’t enough.

We saw him off in England, winning the title by eight points on the day it was won, just a few months before he was sacked. However, our last meeting in Europe came when he was manager of Porto and thanks to a wrongly disallowed goal, we were knocked out of the competition.

TNSSO was happy to be drawn against United and thinks Inter have the ability to progress to the next stage of the competition.

“Before the draw I said that I wanted United and some people thought I was crazy,” said Mourinho. “After all, why would I want the top team in Europe? But I wanted them because it’s a big challenge and because it will be difficult. It’s a special draw for my players and I won’t need to motivate them for this tie. The best matches to play in are against the best sides and the best side at the moment is United.”

However, Mourinho is confident his lads can get the result they desire because of the experienced players he has available to him.

“We know we can win,” he added. “United are a special team with special players. They are very solid in defence and dangerous in attack. You look at the talent they have on the pitch and then at the bench too, and you know this will be difficult. My side has a lot of experience, we have a lot of talent and we know how to play the big games. It will be a close tie.”