The Red Devils disliked Jose Mourinho’s side even more than their oldest rivals (Picture: Getty)

Jamie Carragher has revealed that there was so much animosity between Manchester United and Chelsea that the Red Devils actually celebrated when Liverpool beat Jose Mourinho’s side.

The west London club won the Premier League title in each of the Special One’s first two seasons at Stamford Bridge, though Sir Alex Ferguson ended that streak in the 2006-07 campaign.

Chelsea’s big spending, coupled with Mourinho’s persona, did not give the side many fans among neutrals, while United’s squad felt much the same way.

Liverpool beat Chelsea on penalties to reach the 2007 Champions League final (Picture: Getty)

Back in 2007, United exited the Champions League in the semi-finals against AC Milan after a heavy loss in Italy, though the squad watched the other tie – Chelsea against Liverpool – in the team hotel the night before.

Liverpool progressed on penalties and Carragher has now revealed that United’s players actually celebrated Chelsea’s exit – even though long-time rivals Liverpool had progressed.

Speaking with John Terry on Sky Sports’ Off Script show on YouTube, Carragher recalled: ‘Wayne Rooney told me a story, I think it was 2007, we played you [Chelsea] and I think they were playing AC Milan. And Milan ended up beating them but we must have played the night before.

‘And Wayne Rooney told me when we won on penalties all the Man United [players] watching it together in the hotel erupted and cheered.

‘You think Liverpool-Man United, the rivalry, so I think it shows how respected you [Chelsea] were as a team, and feared, but also how much Jose and Chelsea at that time got under so many people’s skin.’

Chelsea skipper Terry chimed in, adding: ‘I think we were probably disliked by the whole of the Premier League!

United’s players were delighted to see Chelsea and Mourinho lose (Picture: Getty)

‘I think with Roman [Abramovich] coming in at that time and injecting the money he injected and the players he brought in, and what Mourinho was about as well, it was like within those meetings we had it was us against them.

‘We want to build a fortress, everyone hates us, he [Mourinho] kind of blew that up in his interviews but within that group he made us feel so together and so connected that we could go out and beat anyone.

‘So regardless of the fear factors and how good other teams were, we always had that sense we could win any game.’

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