Mourinho dismisses ‘favourites’ tags

Jose Mourinho has dismissed Manchester United’s pre-match tag of ‘favourites’ ahead of their Champions League tie with Sevilla.

The English giants take on Los Rojiblancos at Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan on Wednesday night – their first Champions League knockout tie in four years.

“If you are noted as favourites for the derby, that means absolutely nothing,” Mourinho told his pre-match press conference.

“When a team reaches the quarter-finals then I think that's the moment where even the teams who are not favourites, which is our case, start realising that anything is possible.

“I won with Porto and Porto was a very young team, a very inexperienced team at this level and with so many players playing Champions League for the first time in their careers.

“Then I won with Inter which was exactly the opposite – it was a team with lots of players over 30, lots of players with great experience in high-level football, but not successful until then.

“I think this squad is more in the middle of it and we have some players with previous experience and we have some others without experience.”

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