By FOX SPORTS staff
The Portuguese spent three years at the helm of Chelsea, during which he pit his wits against Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
With the duo set to lock heads again in their Champions League Round of 16 tie, Mourinho told realmadrid.com that he would add the upcoming tie to the list of treasured experiences.
"It’s always a privilege, not just when you win these matches. We all want to play against great teams and Manchester United is one of them," Mourinho stated.
"The first time I played against them was nine years ago and I remember each game, each detail and each result. This match is yet another one and I hope that the game we play in Old Trafford won’t be the last in this competition."
Although Los Blancos have been plagued by inconsistency domestically, the Real boss was confident that his players would do the job required of them against the Red Devils.
"It’s easier to play against great teams. One of the things we’ve lacked this season is motivation when we played minor opponents, which is why we lost points in La Liga," Mourinho said.
"We’re in a tough group in the Champions League and we knew we were going to have to play at the highest level to qualify. We’ll be up against a great rival tomorrow [Wednesday]."