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.”