Bristol City boss Lee Johnson says he has spent £450 on a bottle of wine to drink with Jose Mourinho after Wednesday’s Carabao Cup quarter-final.
Johnson has urged his players to believe they can emulate the club’s famous giant-killing against Liverpool when they host United.
The Robins pulled off a shock 1-0 FA Cup third-round replay victory at Anfield in 1994, with Brian Tinnion netting the winner.
Johnson referred to that moment as he spoke ahead of Wednesday’s match of his men needing to “feel somebody could be that hero” against United.
Asked if he hoped to spend time with the Portuguese manager after the game, Johnson said: “I hope so. I spent £450 on a bottle of wine!
“I have had to raid my little girl’s piggy bank. It is being flown in especially from Portugal.”
The 36-year-old has ordered a bottle of Barca Velha Red 2004, reportedly a favourite of the ‘Special One’.
“We have done the due diligence and realised Jose likes this particular bottle that has to be poured by an expert,” Johnson told BBC Sport.
“So hopefully he’ll come in and have a little chat with me and I’ll try to pick his brain for five or 10 minutes.
“He’s absolutely at the top of his game, with world-class managerial qualities. Any young coaches like myself of course naturally try and emulate coaches like that.”
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, footage of which can be seen on Bristol City’s official website, he said: “It is a fantastic game.
“When Man United come to town, I think it always brings that feeling of it being a big tie, and this club hasn’t had it for a long time, probably back to people like Brian Tinnion, that iconic goal against Liverpool.
“The players have got to feel somebody could be that hero in this game.”
City, third in the Sky Bet Championship and victorious in their last four league games, go into Wednesday’s contest having already, in previous rounds, seen off three of United’s fellow Premier League sides in Watford, Stoke and Crystal Palace.
“We respect the fact they are going to have a world-class XI, whichever one they choose to put out,” Johnson added.
“However, we are in good form, and I think the players’ confidence is as good as it could be.
“I think we have a group that’s very hungry to prove how good they are and it’s a chance for the players, and the club, to enhance their reputations.
“For us there is minimal pressure involved apart from that which we put on ourselves to perform.
“I think this is a difficult place to play (for visiting teams), and it will be on Wednesday given the atmosphere.
“I know our fans and it will be an unbelievable atmosphere, and if we can get on the front foot, cause a few problems, then who knows?”