Jose avoids Sir Alex with secret dugout door

Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho has denied he deliberately blanked Sir Alex Ferguson at the end of his side's 0-0 Champions League last 16 draw with Manchester United on Tuesday evening.

The former Chelsea coach made a swift exit following the final whistle at the San Siro, failing to shake the hand of his opposite number and other Red Devils players and staff.

However, Mourinho has shrugged off suggestions he snubbed the United boss, instead revealing that the home dugout in Milan has a special door providing easy access to the changing rooms.

"My dugout is a special dugout because we have a door which gives me the chance to leave it directly," he said.

"Yesterday I left a £300 bottle of wine in the hotel with a note saying we would meet each other after the game at Old Trafford.

"I am always close to him and we are always friends and I will be there for him after the second game."