Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has reportedly admitted that he was wrong about Jose Mourinho and believes the Reds Devils have found his successor.
The Old Trafford outfit had appointed David Moyes and Louis van Gaal after their long-serving manager retired from the game. However, neither of the two managers succeeded in maintaining United’s dominance in England.
Moyes, who had replaced Ferguson in 2013, was sacked only 10 months after he took charge as United struggled to do well in the Premier League. They were seventh in the league when Moyes was removed in late April. His performance in other competitions were not good either as his team was knocked out of the Champions League quarterfinal by Bayern Munich and they suffered a similar fate in the FA Cup when Swansea City thrashed them 3-1 in the third round.
Moyes’ successor Louis van Gaal was able to secure a Champions League qualifications for the Red Devils in his first season after United finished in fourth place but the Dutch tactician too was removed after a poor second season. Apart from winning the FA Cup, Van Gaal had nothing to show in his second year at Old Trafford and he was sacked in May.
Then came Mourinho. The former Chelsea boss was overlooked as Ferguson’s successor in 2013 with the likes of Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton showing their reservation over the Portuguese. But Ferguson is now convinced that Mourinho is the right man to take the club forward.
According to reports in The Daily Mail, the former United boss has told his former colleagues that he wishes now that the Portuguese tactician had replaced him in 2013 and says the club have the right man in place.
Mourinho had made a slow start to the season but now his team has proved their credentials with consistent and dominating displays. They are currently sixth in the table but are only two points adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal. On Sunday, they won their first major trophy of the season after beating Southampton 3-2 in the EFL Cup final at Wembley. They are also alive in the Europa Cup and the FA Cup.