Former Man United scout and professional brother Martin Ferguson is impressed with the new, more reserved Jose Mourinho.
Ferguson claims that it is a ‘better’ version of Mourinho that has turned up at Old Trafford after the controversial behaviour of his spells at Chelsea and Real Madrid.
“I hope he does well, I certainly wish him well. While there were some things which, in the past, I didn’t like about him, so long as he’s successful in the ‘United way’ he’ll get my backing,” he tells journalist Graham Hunter of the Daily Mirror.
“Already I see that some of the behaviour which was a little eccentric at Madrid and Chelsea seems to have dissipated.
“He has tidied up his act. No question that the last couple of games his United have looked the part.
“Watching Mourinho on the touchline is informative. I see him currently more in control, ‘better’ and that informs you about how he feels about his team and about his own work.
“The impression I get is that he’ll be a better manager of United that way. Calmer, more focused, concentrated.
“Speaking generally, when a manager loses the place, shouting and bawling, it means your mind is not concentrating on the vital details for periods of the game. I learned that watching my brother.
“Gradually he chose to sit back in that box a little distanced from the pitch. Sitting a little bit above the fray, most of the time, gives a different perspective and footballers, particularly good ones, switch off a little if you’re on the touchline yelling at them all the time.
“It was certainly like this with Alec: that if you go down once in a while to get a point across strongly, then the players immediately know there’s something important and instead of just making out that they’re listening they focus, briefly, on what might be a key instruction.
“My brother obviously had a fiery temperament, but he definitely scored points by regulating when and where that showed.”