Cape Town - Manchester
United manager Jose Mourinho has set his sights on Sir Alex Ferguson's
Champions League appearance record as he prepares for their return to
The Red Devils did not participate in the Champions League last
season, but instead competed in the Europa League where they went on to
win the silverware, thereby securing their place in Europe's elite club
competition once again.
United legend Sir Alex Ferguson holds the record for the most games
managed in the Champions League at 194, and Mourinho, who sits at 133
matches, is determined to reach the top of the list.
"It's good for the players, it's good for me, it's good for the club," he told MUTV.
"[It] is where we want to go and I think the credit we deserve for last
season was exactly to be in the habitat that is not our natural
habitat, to do everything to win it [the Europa League] like we did and
to do everything we can to respect the second biggest competition in
"But the Champions League is where we want to be and maybe I'm too
ambitious, I don't know, but I want to be the manager with more matches
[in the Champions League]."
He added: "I know that I am in the top five or six but I'm quite far,
especially from the top one [Sir Alex], but I will fight hard to go for
that record. Last season, I lost a season in the chase for this record
but Manchester United is where Manchester United has to be and I'm
really happy with that.
"The Champions League night is a unique experience for everyone. I
have some players without that great experience, I think it will be
fabulous for them and the fans to be back in the Champions League and to
have the initial three matches to be played at Old Trafford, I think is