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Ferguson Relishing Battle With Mourinho

Sir Alex Ferguson is relishing the opportunity to pit his wits against old foe José Mourinho when Manchester United clash with Internazionale in the Champions League last 16.

The Portuguese tactician has just about shaded the battles between himself and his Scottish counterpart down throughout the years; after making a name for himself by inspiring his Porto side to eliminate the Red Devils en-route to the 2004 Champions League crown, the Special One claimed two Premier League titles and an FA Cup, against United, during his time in England with Chelsea.

Now, his adversary is looking forward to facing an opponent for whom he has boundless respect and admiration.

Ferguson told MUTV: "They kept us hanging on at the end being last out of the hat, but it'll be interesting to come up against Jose again. He's a character with a good personality and I've always got on well with him.

"He knocked us out of the competition when he was at Porto, so I hope we have the luck they had in that tie this time round.

"We've played against most of their players over the years and faced them in a friendly last year at Old Trafford. So we know all about them. Hopefully we can do the job there in the first game and give ourselves a platform to take back to Old Trafford.

"Playing against the bigger teams brings a better focus and concentration to our game as we showed against Barcelona last season. We knew the most important thing we had to do in that tie was to concentrate and our concentration in both games was terrific.”

-- Peter Staunton,