Sir Alex Ferguson reveals Jose Mourinho could replace him at Manchester United
After witnessing the Santiago Bernabeu ring with the name of Jose Mourinho it’s hard to fathom that the Portuguese will ever leave Real Madrid, yet the former Chelsea manager has every intention of returning to the infamous English Premier League.
Jose Mourinho has been linked with moves to all top notch clubs from the English Premier League ever since his exit from Chelsea. The two clubs on that list have been the two notorious Manchester clubs.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson admits Jose Mourinho could replace him at Old Trafford. The legendary gaffer has revealed that ‘the Special One’ could one day become his successor at Manchester United.
The Scotsman claimed that Jose Mourinho had the unique ability to succeed ‘anywhere’. Sir Alex Ferguson is expected to announce his successor at Manchester United at the end of the season.
The 70-year-old has been at the helm of Manchester United since 1986. During this period Sir Alex Ferguson has scared Manchester United fans with his retirement plans a number of times. So far Jose Mourinho has come closest to succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
“He can manage anywhere, absolutely,” Sir Alex Ferguson told ITV4 for a documentary on Jose Mourinho. “I would never think a guy who hasn’t played a game could be a top coach but then you’ve got to look at his personality. He’s got a marvellous, strong personality and that bridges that gap.
“I remember his first press conference [at Chelsea] and I thought, 'Christ, he’s a cocky b*****, him'. He was telling the players, 'Look, I’m the special one, we don’t lose games'.
“Bloody hell, coming to England, he is only a young man and saying he is the special one! But it told all the players to have the belief they were going to win the league.”
Sir Alex Ferguson also revealed that he had a close relationship with the 49-year-old Portuguese. Just a couple of weeks ago Jose Mourinho also delivered a similar statement. The former Stamford Bridge boss told reporters that he had great respect for Sir Alex Ferguson and would be honored to replace him at Old Trafford.
“When he comes into my office he can take a joke against himself, that is what I like about him,” Sir Alex Ferguson said. “I give him a lot of stick and he laughs it off. I don’t think it bothers Jose [having a controversial image]. He knows it is results that count.”