Mourinho was Real Madrid manager at the time Ferguson retired and there were reports that the Portuguese was after the Man United hot seat.
Rumours suggested that he was overlooked by Ferguson and United but Mourinho has now admitted that he always wanted to return to Chelsea.
There were mixed feelings amongst United fans when it was thought that Mourinho could be the one to take over from Ferguson but the club ultimately went with David Moyes, who struggled during his stint at Old Trafford.
“Every manager in the world looks at Man United as a huge club but I wanted to come to Chelsea and we didn’t bring that to the table because we were so open and he [Ferguson] knows so much about myself,” Mourinho said.
“He knew that for almost a season I want to leave Real Madrid and I want to come to Chelsea.”
Mourinho’s Madrid knocked United out of the Champions League in Ferguson’s last season at the club but United supporters could never take to the possibility of the former Porto man becoming manager of their side.
However, in hindsight, it is almost certain that most fans would rather have had Mourinho take the job than Moyes. The Scot was sacked after just seven months in charge as United finished seventh that season, while Mourinho returned to Chelsea and led them to a third place finish and the title the following year.