Jose Mourinho ‘is the manager Manchester United have been looking for since Sir Alex Ferguson retired,’ the Scot is reported to have claimed.
Mourinho has collected both the Community Shield and the EFL Cup in the space of nine months since replacing Louis van Gaal in the Old Trafford hotseat last summer.
And with the club still in both the FA Cup and the Europa League, as well as being just two points behind fourth-placed Arsenal in the race for Champions League qualification, there are signs that the good times are returning to Manchester United.
Positivity has been badly lacking around Old Trafford since Ferguson retired in 2013 with neither David Moyes or Van Gaal able to bring the feel-good factor back to the club.
However, there is every chance of that returning under Mourinho .
According to Matt Lawton and Mike Keegan of the Daily Mail, Ferguson himself believes that Mourinho is the man the club ‘have been looking for’.
‘Sir Alex Ferguson has told former colleagues that he thinks Mourinho is the manager the club have been looking for since he retired, and other senior figures share that view. ‘It’s hindsight, of course, but we really do wish we’d got him three years ago,’ one insider remarked.
‘What they like about Mourinho is the approach he has taken to managing the club. Ferguson admires the fact that there is so much emphasis on the performance of the individual in training when it comes to picking the team. Others appreciate how little he has changed at Carrington.’