Not only will the clash represent the Portuguese tactician’s first crack at Los Blancos since leaving in 2013, but also a chance to lift one of the trophies that has evaded his reach in his career thus far.
“It’s an honour,” the Manchester United coach told reporters in Lisbon while on an academic visit.
“Any team that wins the Europa League should feel honoured to have the opportunity to take on the best team in Europe, which is the Champions League winner.”
Preparing for the Premier League and Champions League, as well as the Super Cup game on August 9, occupies Mourinho’s mind at present and there are some big friendlies planned for the Red Devils.
“Entering the Champions League is a new thing for many of our players,” he continued.
“Our pre-season will be interesting, with friendlies against Barcelona and Manchester City before the Super Cup in August.”