UCL: Mourinho’s Message to ‘Lovers’ After CL Qualification

Jose Mourinho has hit back at his critics, with the Manchester United boss taking great joy in making his “lovers” aware of a faultless record in Champions League competition.

The 2018-19 campaign has been a testing one at Old Trafford, and it appeared at one stage as though a European clash with Young Boys would provide further frustration.

Marouane Fellaini was to snatch a dramatic winner, though, and United are safely through to the last 16.

Mourinho has never failed to reach that stage over the course of a career that has carried him from Porto to Manchester via Chelsea, Inter and Real Madrid.

He told BT Sport after delivering another knockout berth: “For some of my lovers, I just want to say, for the ones that like stats – 14 seasons in the Champions League, 14 times qualified through the group phase.

“Never one of my teams stay behind in the group phase.

“The season I didn’t play Champions League, I won the Europa League. It’s a good record.”