Scot says the ‘Special One’ is too clever for that.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says that he will avoid any mind games with Real Madrid head coach Jose Mourinho ahead of the two clubs’ meeting in the Champions League.
United travel to the Santiago Bernabeu for the first leg of their round-of-16 tie on Wednesday, before the return at Old Trafford and the Scot knows how important that first encounter in the Spanish capital will be.
“I think Jose plays games, he enjoys that part. He enjoys it better than I do, he has this mischievous side and you are never quite sure what he is up to,” Ferguson told the BBC’s Football Focus.
“My advice to myself is not to go down that road, not to contest that because he is a clever b*****r, and so I let him get on with it.
“As long as he brings me a decent bottle of wine, I’ll let him off.
“I have to make sure I pick the right team in Madrid. That’s the biggest challenge. We know their obvious strengths. The atmosphere will be absolutely fantastic. They don’t lose many games at the Bernabeu.
“I watch Real Madrid every week. I watched them (last) Saturday night when they played Granada. I thought (Cristiano) Ronaldo scored a great goal again, only it was for the other team!”