Mourinho sets sights on United legend’s record

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is targeting a record set by United legend Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Portuguese is hoping to beat Ferguson’s record of the most Champions League matches as a manager.

Mourinho currently finds himself on 133 Champions League games at the helm, some 61 short of the Scot’s record of 194.

Ferguson won the competition on two occasions: 1999 and 2008, a figure matched by Mourinho who won it in 2004 with Porto and again in 2010 with Inter.

United will get their group stage campaign underway next week with Basel, CSKA Moscow and Benfica standing between them and the knockout stages.

Speaking to Manchester United’s official website, Mourinho said that United were back where they belong and said that, as always, he wants to be the number one.

“I know that I am in the top five or six but I’m quite far, especially from the top one but I will fight hard to go for that record,” he explained.

“Last season, I lost a season in the chase for this record (as United won the Europa League) but Manchester United is where Manchester United has to be and I’m really happy with that.

“But the Champions League is where we want to be and maybe I’m too ambitious, I don’t know, but I want to be the manager with more matches (in the Champions League).

“It’s good for the players, it’s good for me, it’s good for the club.

“The Champions League night is a unique experience for everyone. I have some players without that great experience, I think it will be fabulous for them and the fans to be back in the Champions League and to have the initial three matches to be played at Old Trafford, I think is fantastic.”

Mourinho’s aim means that he can’t be planning on retiring any time soon, with ever a run to the final of the competition only totalling 13 games.

Will Mourinho meet his target?

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