Jose Mourinho is still in his first season at Manchester United but the former Chelsea manager already knows some of the Old Trafford icons inside out.

While speaking during a recent interview on Portuguese television channel SIC, a 30-minute show hosted by his friend Nuno Luz, Mourinho revealed former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is a shy person and he had to plead with him to visit the players in the dressing room after games.

Ferguson is the most successful British football manager of all-time. The 75-year-old Scot won 13 Premier League titles during his 27-year reign as coach of the Red Devils. He now represents United as a global ambassador.

“We have the same friendship we always have had, an SMS, a birthday or Christmas card. He wanted to leave and not return, maybe for his own comfort. I told him, it made no sense, us travelling to London on a private train and Sir Alex, going by car,” Mourinho said on his relationship with Fergie.

“No, you come in the train’. He’s so respectful that he got a bit shy in this approach, it has to be us to make him feel cared for, and made him feel that in our heads there aren’t ghosts.

“He will always ben an ambassador to this club but he’s being doing it as far as he can from the changing rooms.

“At the end of games, when he, Sir Bobby Charlton and the CEO come down and he’s the only one that doesn’t come in the changing rooms, I told him this type of situation makes no sense, he needs to feel free to do what a person of his stature that represents the club can do.”

United remain unbeaten in 17 Premier League matches so far this term under Mourinho, though they remain rooted to sixth position.


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