Date: 7th January 2017 at 9:33am
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Jaap Stam has admitted he gets sick of answering questions about his playing exit from Manchester United as he prepares to return to his former club as boss of Reading in the FA Cup third round tie this lunchtime.

Not only is Stam sick of talking about his Man United exit the boss said he’s sure Sir Alex Ferguson is too! He’ll always look to give an answer but said the build up to this game hasn’t seen him focusing on what happened in the past or what is being written in the papers.

Stam told BBC Radio Berkshire.

‘I get sick of it, Fergie gets sick of it. United maybe get sick of it sometimes. I talk to the press and sometimes I get a question about what happened, again. You try to give a decent answer, but they always try to find a way of making it interesting. I’m not focusing on what happened when I was a player, or what the papers say.’

However, despite the way he left Old Trafford Stam enjoyed three successful years with Man United and is looking forward to a return to his former club – not that he’ll be overly emotional about it.

Stam added this game is about Reading taking on – and looking to beat – Man United though it’s not about him.

‘It’s not going to be an emotional return in the sense I’m going to be crying. It’s nice to go back. I love the club, I love the fans and I had a great time there. But this game is not about me, it’s about Reading facing Manchester United at Old Trafford. People don’t need to write about me, they need to write about the team and what they can do against such big opponents.’

This meeting will give the 44 year old the chance to pit his wits against Jose Mourinho, someone he said he admires and respects.

Stam finished by saying he’s hopeful of one day being able to enjoy the level of success Mourinho has but knows he’s still got a long way until that could potentially happen – knowing he will be able to gain from this experience whatever the outcome.

‘I like the way he works and what he does for the team – he gets things going. I’ve spoken to him a couple of times and he’s a great manager. I admire all the success he has had and the trophies he’s won. Hopefully I can be up there as well at some point, but I still have a long way to go. It is good to play against managers like that because you can learn something.’

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