According to an intriguing report in The Telegraph on Tuesday, Jose Mourinho is going to great lengths to ensure Sir Alex Ferguson feels welcome around his new Manchester United side.
As the world began to realize that Louis van Gaal’s days were numbered at Old Trafford, multiple reports suggested that Sir Alex Ferguson was doing everything in his power to ensure that the so-called Special One was not handed the reigns at Manchester United.
Apparently the former United boss did not believe that Mourinho was of the appropriate ilk for Old Trafford and instead wanted Ryan Giggs to take charge. However, having been responsible for the disastrous appointment of David Moyes, it seems Sir Alex Ferguson’s recommendations don’t hold the same weight when it comes to managerial appointments and so, the United board overlooked his suggestion and instead, they appointed the former Chelsea and Real Madrid coach.
However, after a rocky start to his Old Trafford career, Mourinho has now guided the Red Devils through their best run of form in 8 years and, according to The Telegraph, Ferguson’s relationship with the new man in charge is now blossoming.
“Mourinho disclosed in an interview last month that he was not one to be haunted by “ghosts” of the past and had made a point of inviting Ferguson to United’s Carrington headquarters to watch training, talk to the players and share lunch with him.
“And it has since emerged that, when Ferguson recently requested permission to travel on the United team coach to an away match, Mourinho assured him that he did not need to ask and could sit anywhere he wanted, including in the seat reserved for the manager.”
Having only been handed a three year contract at Old Trafford, recent reports have suggested that the United board are already considering a contract extension for the Portuguese coach.