Ferguson unfazed by Mourinho duel as United aim to brush aside Inter Milan
10 March 2009 03:38
Sir Alex Ferguson is unconcerned by his poor record against Jose Mourinho as Manchester United prepare to take on Inter Milan tomorrow.
Despite dominating for long periods at the San Siro a fortnight ago, United failed to get the away goal that would have put a completely different complexion on the Champions League last-16 encounter at Old Trafford.
Yet failing to beat Mourinho was not a new experience for Ferguson. In 13 attempts, the Red Devils chief has managed it only once - a Darren Fletcher header defeating Chelsea in November 2005.
It is a run that includes a two-legged loss to FC Porto at exactly the same stage of the competition five years ago, when Mourinho famously charged down the touchline in celebration, and one that some feel will allow the Inter chief to emerge triumphant again.
'It is strange just to have one win against Mourinho," admitted Ferguson. 'It proves I am not infallible. I am vulnerable, just like anyone else in football.
'But the personal record does not bother me one bit. It can happen. I look at this football club and I have every right to be proud of it and what it has achieved in the time I have been here. That is more important to me.
Ferguson has warned his side to be at their best to keep a strong Inter team at bay.
'When you play an Italian side, you have got to be at your best,' he said. 'Their record over the years has been fantastic.
'AC Milan have won the European Cup seven times, all in the modern era, which I believe makes them the most successful side because Real Madrid won their first five when European football was just beginning.
'Inter Milan have every right to go into the match thinking they can win. They are seven points clear at the top of their league and have a lot of experience.
'We expect a tough game but they should expect one as well.'