Jose Mourinho returns to Old Trafford for the first time in a managerial capacity since his sacking in December last year when Tottenham face Manchester United tomorrow night.

He will be familiar with the vast majority of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad and some of them should have a point to prove to their former boss.

We’ve picked out three men who may well have extra motivation to show Mourinho he got them wrong.

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Anthony Martial

In August 2018, the Telegraph reported that Mourinho wanted to sell Martial but the club defied him.

The Frenchman signed a new deal in January, with Solskjaer trusting him to lead the line this season.

But Martial is currently showing the inconsistency and surliness which frustrated Mourinho so much; not strong enough to hold the ball up and missing the rare chances he gets in front of goal.

Martial should have extra motivation to prove the manager who wanted to sell him wrong, and he is more than capable of turning it on and putting Spurs to the sword, if he’s in the mood.

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Luke Shaw

Shaw may not even get the chance to prove his old boss wrong from the start, with Brandon Williams having usurped him as first choice left back.


That may convince Mourinho he had the English defender right all along, but Solskjaer may also reach for Shaw’s superior experience in such a big game.

Shaw is battling to show he is fit enough and there would be no better way of doing that than shackling one of Spurs’ flying wingers.

Or, if he is brought off the bench with United chasing the game – as was the case on Sunday against Aston Villa – inspiring a late win from the flanks.

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Andreas Pereira

Pereira was loaned out to Granada and then Valencia during Mourinho’s two full seasons in charge.

He started the first two matches of 2018/19, but was hooked at half-time of the second – the 3-2 loss at Brighton – and seemingly scapegoated for the remainder of Mourinho’s reign.

Pereira has been getting some stick recently but set up United’s equaliser against Villa and has the faith of Solskjaer.

He should be extra keen to show his former boss what he can do at the heart of midfield, if he gets the nod.

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