Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has stated that his desire is to win the FA Cup for a second time.
Mourinho’s only FA Cup triumph was in 2007 when Chelsea pipped Manchester United 1-0 in extra-time to win the trophy.
United will host Championship club Derby County on Friday in the third round of this season’s competition.
“I always give a lot of respect to the cups,” Mourinho said in his press conference on Thursday. “Of course, the FA Cup is special in relation to the League Cup. But even the League Cup, I think I was one of the first managers of the top teams to win it [in 2004]. I had that feeling that a cup is a beautiful competition, let’s go and try to win it. I won the FA Cup only once. If you ask me would I like to win a second one, of course I would. And we are going to try.”
Despite playing against a Championship side, Mourinho said Derby are a team of experience players.
“The draw was not nice to us because we are going to play against a Premier League team. You look to the players, they are not Championship players, they are Premier League players. I think I played against the majority of them in the Premier League. So when you go through the (Scott) Carsons, Curtis Davies, (Joe) Ledley, (Matej) Vydra, the (Tom) Huddlestones, all of them, they are a Premier League team.”
Mourinho revealed that Marouane Fellaini has recovered from injury and should be in action against Derby.
“From the injured players, Fellaini is back. And Michael Carrick is back to training, not to competition, but is back to training with the team. Antonio Valencia is not playing tomorrow but will be back to the team next week. So the situation is improving for us.”
He went on to brand claims he is ready to walk out on Manchester United at the end of the season as “garbage”.
He said: “I say garbage, I don’t find a better word than to define the talk.
“The worst thing someone can do is put one inch of doubt into my professionalism, to every detail related to my job, so yes the garbage news affected me just on this aspect because it’s something I don’t admit.
“I repeat I am in the middle of my contract, if I am going to sign a new one it depends on the club but my commitment is total and I want to stay.
“I see myself here (after three years), is just a question of the club, the board the owners, Mr Woodward, they are all happy with my contribution and they want me to stay beyond the end of this contract.”
And on his passion for the club: “Because I don’t behave as a clown on the touchline? It means I lost my passion? I prefer to do the way I do it, much more mature, better for my team and myself, you don’t have to behave like a crazy guy on the touchline.”