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Jose Mourinho will return to Manchester United with his Tottenham side on Wednesday
Jose Mourinho will return to Manchester United for the first time since his sacking when Tottenham Hotspur make the trip to Old Trafford on Wednesday.
The Spurs manager ended his hiatus from Premier League football when Mourinho was appointed as Mauricio Pochettino’s replacement last month following 12 months on the sidelines.
Mourinho spent two and a half seasons in charge of Manchester United, winning the Europa League and the League Cup in his first season before leading the Red Devils to a second-placed finish in 2017-18.
The Portuguese head coach has made a brilliant start to his Spurs reign after securing three successive victories in the Champions League and the Premier League.
A quick glance at the Premier League odds online make Tottenham slight favourites to beat Manchester United due to their impressive start under Mourinho.
Spurs were 3-2 winners against West Ham United at the London Stadium in their first game under Mourinho before Tottenham came from 2-0 down to beat Olympiacos 4-2 in front of their home supporters in the Champions League last week.
Tottenham eased to a relatively comfortable 3-2 win over Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon to move to within seven points of fourth-placed Chelsea FC in the race to secure a Champions League spot for next term.
Having taking over the reins at Spurs with the club in the bottom half of the table, talk has now turned to Tottenham challenging for a top-four spot.
In contrast, Manchester United continue to toil under Mourinho’s replacement Ole Gunnar Solskjaer despite the Norwegian head coach spending nearly £150m on new players in the summer.
The Red Devils initially turned to Solskjaer on an interim basis in December 2018 after Mourinho was sacked following a 3-1 loss to Liverpool FC at Anfield.
The club legend led Manchester United to 10 victories and two draws in 12 Premier League games to convince the Red Devils hierarchy to appoint Solskjaer as their permanent manager.
Solskjaer oversaw Manchester United’s incredible comeback against Paris Saint-Germain to reach the Champions League quarter-finals before losing to FC Barcelona in the round of eight.
The Manchester United manager has toiled since getting the job on a permanent basis at the end of March.
The Red Devils have only managed to win four of their 14 games in the Premier League this season to leave Manchester United in ninth place and 22 points behind leaders Liverpool FC.
The 20-time English champions will be hoping to avoid a crushing defeat at the hands of the manager they axed 12 months ago.