JOSE Mourinho insists there will be no twinge of regret that he is not in the opposition dugout at Old Trafford on Monday night.
In fact, the Blues' boss says he revealed to Sir Alex Ferguson earlier this year that it was his intention to go back to Chelsea.
Mourinho's very respectful stance when he visited Man United when in charge of Real Madrid during last season's Champions League knock-outs was interpreted at the time as a 'come and get me' flirtation.
But on the eve of his return to the home of the champions, the Portuguese insisted that succeeding Ferguson was never an ambition.
“No, the thought of managing Manchester United has never crossed my mind,” Mourinho said. “I never had these dreams. I'm focused on my club. I don't think about any other thing.
“I only was on the touchline at Old Trafford thinking 'how can I win this match?'
“In the same way that he [Ferguson] told me he was going to retire and I kept a secret on that, I also told him that I was coming in this direction.
“Not definitely, because I could not say that it was done, and I had a contract with Madrid. But at the same time, he knew that I wanted to come to Chelsea.”
Mourinho added: “We kept so many secrets between us in relation to football players we wanted to sign. He asked me my opinion on players. We shared so many things.
“He thought that his big decision, he could share with me, the same way that I told him I was on my way to Chelsea. We trusted each other.
“Was it to see if I was available [for United]? No, I don't think so.”
One thing the Chelsea boss will not deny is that he is a big fan of Old Trafford and loves taking teams there.
“I like the stadium, I like the opponent. I like the difficulty of the game. I like it very, very much,” he said.
“My favourite moment there has to be the Champions League with Porto – coming into the competition a lot of us for the first time and scoring a last minute goal. I think that was the one to remember.”