Jose Mourinho 'favourite for Real Madrid job'

Real Madrid were shocked by Levante in La Liga on Saturday

Real Madrid were shocked by Levante in La Liga on Saturday

Mourinho's future at Old Trafford remains uncertain but, asked about reports linking him with a return to Real Madrid with Julen Lopetegui facing the sack after just 12 games in charge at the Bernabeu, the United manager said: "No, my future is here [at United]".

"I want to thank Sarri for his honesty, I want to thank Chelsea for its honesty, too", Mourinho said.

Yet Mournho was keen to downplay those rumours, as he suggested he is content in his current role at United despite mounting pressure in recent months as he declared: "I'm happy here and to see out my contract and I would like to stay after my contract runs out as well".

A 2-1 home defeat to Levante on Saturday piled more pressure on the former Spain manager as Madrid recorded the longest goal drought in the club's history before finally finding the back of the net for the first time in nearly a month.

'In my view, we have a game tomorrow and that we are looking forward to and we will go about it with total commitment and drive.

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"I'm going to play against one of the biggest teams in the world and that's what motivates me and brings me here and I think the press conference is going in other directions and if it is I want to go in other direction".

Manchester United will be without Marouane Fellaini, Phil Jones, Scott McTominay, Jesse Lingard, Alexis Sanchez and Diogo Dalot for the fixture which will see Cristiano Ronaldo return to Old Trafford.

"He is one of the best players of all time", added Mourinho.

The press conference was not without humour.

"The players you saw are the players that are available", Mourinho said. Czech side Viktoria Plzen are bottom with one point.

'The last time I spoke in Portuguese I was in trouble, ' he responded.

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