Jose Mourinho last night said he wants to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson as manager of Manchester United.

The former Chelsea coach, who lifted last season’s Serie A title at Inter Milan, issued a come-and-getme plea to the Old Trafford hierarchy when Fergie retires.

Mourinho, who last night exchanged striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Barcelona’s Samuel Eto’o plus £40million and former Arsenal winger Alexander Hleb in the deal of the summer, said: “I would consider going to Manchester United. but United have to consider if they want me to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson. If they do, then of course.

“I like England, where the fans are very passionate and make a game a beautiful occasion with such an incredible atmosphere.”

But ref lecting on his acrimonious departure from Chelsea in 2005 after two League titles, the Special One could not resist a dig.

He said: “I had many conversations before Chelsea and I decided on a divorce.

“It was difficult for me because we loved each other, but the relationship went in one direction and it was best for everyone.

“Since I left I became champion again but they have not been champions again. I keep winning and they don’t.”

Mourinho now has his sights set on bringing the Champions League to Inter – they last won Europe’s premier trophy way back in 1965.

He said: “I have a project in hand and I am very excited. When I went to Chelsea the big obsession was to win the Premier League after half a century.

“At Inter, winning the Italian League is very important but we have something else on our minds.”
Source : The Daily