Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho says he does not fear going head-to-head with Sir Alex Ferguson again as his Serie A leaders meet Manchester United in the Champions League. United, reigning English, European and World champions, head to Italy next Tuesday for the first-leg of their last 16 clash at the San Siro, with 14 consecutive Premier League clean sheets giving them breathing space at the top of the table. However, former Chelsea chief Mourinho - who has travelled to England twice recently to see United in action against Chelsea and West Ham - believes he knows exactly how they play and that his Serie A leaders will be able to deal with them. The Portuguese coach also has an enviable record against Ferguson, with Mourinho first coming out on top against the Scot with his Porto side in 2004 before going on to lose just one of nine league and cup meetings with the Red Devils as Chelsea boss. "I have come up against United on several occasions and I know their style of play perfectly," he said. "We will have time to prepare for our match against them. We do not fear Manchester United and we know we can beat them. That is despite recognising that they are a strong side with lots of qualities. "Come the day of the game we will be ready for United. I haven't decided whether we will play in the same manner as we did against Milan, as United have a style of play that is all their own. "The most beautiful matches to play are those against big sides, and in this moment United are at the top. They are a special team with special players. They have a lot of talent either on the field or on the bench, but my Inter have experience and quality. "We know how to face big matches. And, especially, we know how to win them." UNITED FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Wayne Rooney, Peter Schmeichel, Carlos Tevez Q+A Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruud Van Nistlerooy One on One David Beckham, George Best, Ask A Silly Question Bryan Robson Boy's A Bit Special Danny Simpson Perfect XI Garth Crooks, Bryan Robson, Sir Bobby Charlton, Eric Cantona What Happened Next? David May, Norman Whiteside Sing When You’re Winning Dominic Monaghan, Ian Brown And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan Plus! Rate United players (and others) on Talentspotter
18 February 2009
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