Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will attempt to kick off an “amazing” few weeks in style when former club Chelsea arrive at Old Trafford this weekend.
As if facing the club he led to three Premier League crowns across two spells was not enough, the Portuguese’s public spat with current Blues manager Antonio Conte has only heightened interest in Sunday’s Premier League encounter.
It is the first of five matches at Old Trafford between now and the end of March – a run of home games that includes Liverpool in the league, Sevilla in the Champions League last-16 and Brighton in the FA Cup quarter-finals.
“I think the next few weeks at Old Trafford will be amazing,” United boss Mourinho said.
“Two big matches against two direct rivals in the Premier League, two knockout matches that, if things go well, can leave us in the quarter-final of the Champions League and the semi-final of the FA Cup.
“Sometimes we have periods with three, four consecutive away matches but this time we have four matches at home, with Crystal Palace away in between, but four big matches at Old Trafford.”