By Chris Wheeler for MailOnline
Published: 22:07 GMT, 4 December 2019 | Updated: 22:15 GMT, 4 December 2019
He tried to make out it wasn’t about him but it was always going to be about him. It usually is with Jose Mourinho.
‘I’m not a villain, I'm not an enemy but I am the coach that is trying to win against Manchester United,’ he said before his first return to Old Trafford as Tottenham manager two weeks short of the anniversary of his sacking here.
‘During the match I expect them (the United fans) to forget me and to support their team.’
Jose Mourinho steps off the Tottenham Hotspur team coach upon arriving at Old Trafford
The Tottenham boss waved to Manchester United staff members as he returned to his ex-club
Possibly. But Mourinho was never going to be anything but a central character in this production.
From the moment the Tottenham coach pulled up outside Old Trafford, all eyes were going to be on him.
It arrived in good time at 6.04pm. Mourinho, who once got off the United bus and walked to a Champions League game against Juventus here, knows not to trust the Manchester traffic.
He was one of the first down the steps and automatically extended a hand as he entered his old workplace. Once inside, there were smiles and high-fives for the security staff, some of whom haven’t forgotten that he hardly gave them a second look during his two-and-a-half years in charge of United.
They, like the rest of us, don’t expect the humility and bonhomie to last