The 56-year-old Portuguese was sacked as Manchester United manager in December.

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Jose Mourinho is to host a football show on Russia Today providing coverage of the Champions League.

The role marks a return to Russian television for the former Manchester United manager, who worked with the Moscow-based network during last summer’s World Cup in the country.

Called ‘On the touchline with Jose Mourinho’, the fortnightly show will start on March 7.

— RT (@RT_com) February 11, 2019

Mourinho filmed a promotional advert for the new show when he paid a recent visit to Russia, where he attended an ice hockey game.

“I’m going to talk about football on RT, what else did you think I was going to do?” Mourinho told www.rt.com after teasing viewers with the idea he might be open to a switch in sports.

The Russia Today website added: “The show will offer unique analysis from the Portuguese managerial great on all the week’s Champions League action, as well as special insight into the biggest talking points in the world of football.”

The opening show will be broadcast after the first set of Champions League last 16 second-leg matches have been concluded, and Mourinho will continue his role with Russia Today until the June 1 final.

Manchester United v BSC Young Boys – UEFA Champions League – Group H – Old Trafford
Jose Mourinho was on the touchline in the Champions League earlier this season but will now be in the television studio talking about the competition (Martin Rickett/PA)

Mourinho guided United through the competition’s group stages before being sacked in December amid reports of player unrest.

The 56-year-old was replaced by interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has since won 10 and drawn one of his 11 games in charge.

Mourinho worked as a pundit on the Qatari-based TV station beIN SPORTS last month when he rejected criticism of his two-and-a-half-year record as United manager, saying people did not know what went on “behind the scenes”.

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Manchester United 'enter Adrien Rabiot race'

Manchester United have reportedly identified Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot as a potential signing.

United are known to be in the market for new defenders during the summer, while it has also been suggested that a new frontman could arrive at Old Trafford.

However, according to AS, United may be prepared to join the race to sign Rabiot from PSG ahead of the next campaign.

The 23-year-old has less than six months remaining on his contract at Parc des Princes, and it appears increasingly likely that the France international will leave his current club on a free transfer.

Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona have all been linked with a move for Rabiot, although the player is likely to keep his options open until the summer.

Lloris warns Tottenham improvements are needed for Dortmund clash

Hugo Lloris saved Tottenham against Leicester, but the captain knows he will not be able to repeat the feat if his side defend the same against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The France international kept out Jamie Vardy’s penalty, which was the striker’s first touch of the game, and made a number of other important stops as Spurs won 3-1 at Wembley.

Although the scoreline suggests an easy win for Mauricio Pochettino, Leicester were well in the game and had 20 shots at goal.

Hugo Lloris played a key role in Spurs' win over Leicester on Sunday
Hugo Lloris played a key role in Spurs’ win over Leicester on Sunday (John Walton/PA)

Lloris was able to bail his side out, but the prospect of conceding so many chances against the Bundesliga leaders in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie worries him.

“Leicester played in a fantastic way and I think we won the game thanks to our spirit and character,” Lloris said. “Without that, we could not win this game.

“I think we need to improve the team performance. We won but against a bigger side we couldn’t have won that type of game. It’s up to us.

“Against a bigger side it would be even more difficult to win. It’s the way you manage the season too, though. Sometimes you deserve to win, like the game against Man United, and you lost.

“Leicester deserved better but we won. This is the league. It’s a long way and without spirit and character, it’s difficult.

“The mentality is great in the changing room and we showed that again on a difficult day.”

It could have been a different story at Wembley had Lloris not saved Vardy’s penalty midway through the second half.

The Foxes were preparing to bring on the former England striker when James Maddison was fouled in the box and at the break of play the substitution was made, with Vardy going straight over to take the spot-kick.

But Lloris guessed the right way from Vardy’ first kick of the match.

“Yes (I am surprised), because his first touch is a penalty,” the Frenchman added. “At the same time, he’s a great player so it’s not a problem for him.

“You need a bit of luck and it helped us to keep believing and then we scored the second goal.

Tottenham beat Borussia Dortmund twice in last season's Champions League
Tottenham beat Borussia Dortmund twice in last season’s Champions League (Nick Potts/PA)

“It was a good moment for me and the team because at that moment if we conceded a goal the game would have changed completely.”

Attention now turns to the Champions League visit of Dortmund on Wednesday, where Spurs face a much better team than the one they beat twice in last season’s group stage.

Lucien Favre’s team are five points ahead of Bayern Munich at the top of the table and are having a season to remember.

“They play fantastic football,” Lloris added. “They have so many fantastic players and I’m not surprised they’re top of the league in Germany.

“The manager is very good with a great idea of football. It’s going to be very, very difficult.

“We need to obviously improve the team performance, compared to today, and we need the stadium to push, to help us.

“In some days it’s difficult to deal with Wembley but hopefully in this big game we’ll receive this help from the crowd.”

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