Sir Alex Ferguson, former Manchester United manager is most admired coach around the world, and he himself is an institution when it comes to managing a football team. But, he also has his regrets and especially when it comes to choosing his successor. Sir Alex regrets not choosing Jose Mourinho as his successor at Manchester United three years ago.
According to Daily Mail insider, Sir Alex Ferguson told his former colleagues, Mourinho is the manager club was looking for since his retirement. Other senior figures at the club also believe so after Portuguese delivered EFL Cup trophy to the Red Devils in his first year as in charge. “It’s hindsight, of course, but we really do wish we’d got him three years go.” Daily Mail reports insider remarks.
Then, he didn’t think that the Portuguese man who always earned himself the name “The Specialist” would fit in United’s plan. Specialist but often-confrontational manager lost his chance to manage England’s best club then against Sir Alex Ferguson chosen successor David Moyes.
Moyes only survived eight months as United’s manager and he had the worst stats in club history. The same year Mourinho joined Chelsea for his second stint at the club and he delivered Premier League title to Chelsea next season. As United troubles continued, Netherland’s football team manager Louis Van Gaal joined later, but his two-and-half stay didn’t do justice as well. His only added honor in United list came in FA Cup victory, and finally Mourinho was handed United’s job.
Mourinho has started brilliantly, and has kept United alive in every competition so far. He did cost United 150 million with his four new signings, but he has lived up to the expectation, and he can win Cup treble for United in his very first year. He won FA Community Sheild to start the season, he grabbed EFL Cup to make himself official contributor in United’s history, and his side is alive in FA Cup and Europa League. He also has a fair chance to stay in top four of Premier League, which will bring Champions League football back at Theater of Dreams.