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28/07/2009 08:35

Papers: Jose's Red aim

Jose aims to follow Sir Alex
Jose Mourinho last night said he wants to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson as manager of Manchester United. The former Chelsea coach, who lifted last season's Serie A title at Inter Milan, issued a come-and-get me plea to the Old Trafford hierarchy when Fergie retires. Mourinho said: "I would consider going to Manchester United, but United have to consider if they want me to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson. If they do, then of course. I like England, where the fans are very passionate and make a game a beautiful occasion with such an incredible atmosphere." But reflecting on his acrimonious departure from Chelsea in 2005 after two League titles, the Special One could not resist a dig. He said: "I had many conversations before Chelsea and I decided on a divorce. It was difficult for me because we loved each other, but the relationship went in one direction and it was best for everyone. Since I left I became champion again but they have not been champions again. I keep winning and they don't."
Darren Lewis, Daily Mirror

Meanwhile, Ryan Giggs believes Michael Owen provides United with the kind of out-and-out striker they have not had since Ruud van Nistelrooy left for Real Madrid and is confident Owen will improve the balance and potency of the team's attack.

The Welshman is also backing Owen to break Sir Bobby Charlton's England goalscoring record. Owen is currently on 40 goals, nine off Sir Bobby's haul, but Giggs said: "Sir Bobby's England record has stood for a long time now. But looking at Michael's ratio of goals and games for England, you'd have to say if he plays another 15 internationals he'll probably overtake it."

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