Jose Mourinho plays down Chelsea connection ahead of Manchester United trip to Stamford Bridge

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Mourinho won seven trophies as Chelsea manager (Source: Getty)

Jose Mourinho insists his history at Chelsea does not add any extra spice to Manchester United's trip to Stamford Bridge this Sunday.

The United manager, who won three Premier League titles during two spells in the Chelsea dugout, said no one will even remember he was ever manager of the Londoners within five years.

It's been just over a year since Mourinho was humiliated at his former stomping ground when Chelsea struck four past his United team without reply.

“I played there with Inter and twice with Manchester United," he said.

“I have to admit it's a little bit different but in the end I want to win like I did with Inter. They [Chelsea] want to win like they did last season, and it's just one more day.

“And in a couple of years, it will be even more natural, and in four or five years, probably nobody will remember that I was Chelsea manage and it becomes absolutely normal, just because I left a couple of years ago.

“It's a big match, but not because of that at all. It's a big match because they are the champions. It's a big match because we are Manchester United. No more than that.”

A repeat of last year's result would be costly for United's title hopes, with league leaders City five points ahead of them.

Mourinho will be without injured midfielders Paul Pogba, Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini.

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