Jose Mourinho has described Sir Alex Ferguson as “a little shy”, and has explained how he is trying to make sure the former Manchester United manager is still involved with the club.
Mourinho was appointed United boss last summer, following from the difficult reign of Louis van Gaal.
Van Gaal had, in turn, replaced Ferguson’s immediate successor, David Moyes, who was sacked after less than a year in charge.
Mourinho has discussed his relationship with legendary manager Ferguson, adding that he is trying to keep the Scot involved with the club.
“It’s the same relationship we had in the old days,” he told Portuguese TV channel Sic.“A phone call, an SMS, sympathetic details like we always had with each other. A Christmas, a birthday, a more important game.
“A phone call, an SMS, sympathetic details like we always had with each other. A Christmas, a birthday, a more important game.
“When he left here, he wanted to leave and not come back. I think, perhaps, for his own comfort. Maybe going back is to suffer a little.
“But after I arrived he came in again. He came back to visit the people he worked with for so many years. He traveled with us once again. And that’s what I said: It doesn’t make sense that we’re playing in London and go on a private train and you Sir will go by car. You’re not going by car, no. Go by train with the team.
“But he is so respectful that he becomes even a little shy in this approach. We have to make him feel loved. In our head there are no ghosts, no complexes, no such thing.
“There have been situations at the end of the game where Sir Bobby Charlton comes down, the executive director comes down, and he, who is with them, does not come to the dressing room. That kind of situation, I already said that makes absolutely no sense.
“With me he has to be perfectly at ease to do it as a person of his dimension and who represents so much to the club.”
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