Jose Mourinho had predicted the result of FC Porto vs Manchester United game at the UEFA Champions League in 2004 according to former Porto star Benni McCarthy.

The former South African footballer and FC Porto star Benni McCarthy claimed that while Jose Mourinho was the manager of Portuguese side FC Porto, he had correctly predicted the result of a match between FC Porto and Manchester United.

FC Porto had won their maiden Champions League title under Jose Mourinho’s guidance in 2004. 

Speaking to O Jogo in Portugal, former FC Porto and South African international Benni McCarthy was asked to speak on his favourite moment under Mourinho’s tutelage at the Portuguese club.

Without hesitating, the ex-striker said: “Before playing against Manchester United, I shared a room with Carlos Alberto and Mourinho, and the night before the game, he told us what he expected from us.

“He then turned directly to me to say I was going to have a fantastic evening in which I would score twice to win the game and leave the pitch to a standing ovation.”

On the 25th of February 2004, FC Porto hosted Manchester United in the Champions League’s round of 16 games, Benni McCarthy scored in a 29th and 78th minute to win the game 2-1.

Jose Mourinho, true to his word, brought the player off in the 83rd minute and the South African striker left the pitch to a standing ovation.

FC Porto then went on to win the competition, Mourinho’s first Champions League trophy, as they beat surprise package AS Monaco in the final 3-0.

To everyone’s surprise apparently the ‘Special One’ had predicted the exact scoreline before hand.

Chelsea supporters will be disappointed as Jose Mourinho wasn’t able to predict the future on Tuesday. FC Porto defeated Chelsea 2-1 and, despite Mourinho suggesting otherwise, the scoreline wasn’t misleading.

Chelsea is currently struggling in all competition this season. They are currently placed 15th in the league table. In Champions League, they had defeated Maccabi Tel Aviv two weeks back but defeat against Porto have again dented their confidense.


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