MANCHESTER, England Jose Mourinho has promised he will not taunt Chelsea fans with “crazy” celebrations if he finally breaks his Manchester United duck at Stamford Bridge. Mourinho has lost on each of his three visits to Chelsea since taking over at Old Trafford in 2016. He is hoping to lead United to their first Premier League win at Stamford Bridge since October 2012 — and avoid losing for a fourth time in their opening nine league games for the first time since 1990. But even if his team record a morale boosting victory over Maurizio Sarri’s side, he said he will not rub salt into the wound against his former club.
“For me it is another game,” Mourinho told a news conference yesterday. “Would I celebrate like crazy if my team score a goal at Stamford Bridge or my team wins 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, to do that should be something if I completely lost my emotional control, which is not easy.
“So I would think which stadium I am in, which public is in the stands but apart from that it is another match for me.
“I want to do well for my team, my players, my support. I am 100 percent Manchester United [on Saturday], no more space than respect for the stadium and the fans.”
Mourinho will be on the touchline on Saturday afternoon after the FA granted the 55-year-old extra time to respond to a charge that he used “insulting, abusive or improper” language while speaking into a television camera following the 3-2 win over Newcastle.
The original deadline set by the FA was 6 p.m. yesterday but it has now been moved back to 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Mourinho faces travelling to Chelsea with all of his available players after being hit with a number of injuries. —Agencies