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Mourinho claims to be no ‘enemy’ of Man Utd and addresses Eriksen’s future at Spurs

Jose Mourinho says he is “not a villain” and no “enemy” of Manchester United as he prepares to return to Old Trafford with Tottenham for the first time since he was sacked by the Red Devils.

The Portuguese spent two-and-a-half years in the most demanding of managerial hot-seats before being relieved of his duties in December 2018.

Some 12 months on, Mourinho is readying his current club for a Premier League meeting with one of his former employers.

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He accepts that a mixed response to his presence is to be expected from the locals in Manchester, but hopes that his work with United is respected – with three trophies having been collected during his debut campaign in 2016-17.