Fergie fully expects Jose return

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson expects former Chelsea

boss Jose Mourinho to return to the Premier League one day.

The charismatic former Blues coach continues to be linked

with all the major jobs in England despite guiding Inter Milan back

to the Serie A summit after clinching the Italian title last term

in his first year in charge.

It is said Mourinho was offered the opportunity to replace

Mark Hughes at Manchester City, only to turn it down amid

speculation that he has his heart set on following Ferguson into

the Old Trafford hotseat.

As Ferguson has not shown any sign of relinquishing a job he

has held since 1986, or any inclination to do so, Mourinho might be

waiting a while. That is not a debate Ferguson wants to enter.

However, acknowledging Mourinho’s presence at Stamford Bridge

yesterday to gather information on his former club ahead of the

potentially explosive Champions League last 16 meeting between

Inter and Chelsea next spring, Ferguson does expect to see the

Portuguese coach back in the Premier League eventually.

“Every time I have spoken to Jose Mourinho, he has always

said that he liked English football better than anywhere else,”

said the United boss. “The attraction to get back to England at

some point will always be there.

“He is still a young man and being at Chelsea yesterday will

have reignited his thoughts about English football because you

don’t get the atmosphere, intensity and closeness to the pitch at

Chelsea in a lot of the Italian grounds.

“He will miss that.”