Fix­tures

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To­day Chelsea v Le­ices­ter City, 1.30pm; West Bromwich Al­bion v Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur, Stoke City v Sun­der­land, Manch­ester City v Ever­ton, Bournemouth v Hull City, Arse­nal v Swansea City, (all 4pm); Crys­tal Palace v West Ham United 6.30pm. To­mor­row Mid­dles­brough v Wat­ford, 2.30pm; Southamp­ton v Burn­ley; 5pm. Mon­day Liver­pool v Manch­ester United, 9pm. look­ing for­ward to the at­mos­phere at An­field, com­par­ing the match to the other der­bies he has ex­pe­ri­enced dur­ing his man­age­rial ca­reer.

“I al­ways like to play at An­field,” said Mourinho, who faced Liver­pool many times as man­ager of Chelsea.

“I won many times there, I also lost. I won big matches, I lost big matches. I can­not say I like to go there be­cause I’m al­ways suc­cess­ful be­cause it’s not true. I like to go there, I like the at­mos­phere.

“Be­ing Man United man­ager ob­vi­ously means some­thing more be­cause we can­not com­pare the his­tor­i­cal ri­valry be­tween my pre­vi­ous club and Liver­pool, Man United and Liver­pool,” he added.

The United man­ager was at pains to make clear that the out­come would not de­fine United’s sea­son, but said he ap­pre­ci­ated how much the fix­ture meant to sup­port­ers.

“I’m in Eng­land for a long time,” he said. “Ob­vi­ously I never played this match but I played many times against Liver­pool, United. I un­der­stand the di­men­sion of the clubs and now I un­der­stand bet­ter the his­tory be­tween the rivals.

“The sea­son for me is not about the An­field match though, or Old Traf­ford in Jan­uary. It’s about many matches.”

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