Jose Mourinho says that he has always felt the support of Alex Ferguson, after kind words from Manchester United’s former manager.
Ferguson claimed that United had been unlucky not to challenge Chelsea this season, and declared himself impressed by Mourinho’s initial work.
Mourinho did not wish to comment on recent remarks from Sir Alex Ferguson that he “has done a great job” but he did say the former United boss had provided valuable support from a respectful distance.
“He is such an important person in the club and obviously means a lot but I don’t want to comment,” Mourinho said.
“I wouldn’t comment even if the comments were negative, I have too much respect. Too much respect.
“The support I feel is the support I always felt with him, except when I was a direct competitor and playing against his teams, but I always felt this kind of support.
“I think he felt the same when I was abroad in Italy and Spain.
“Friends wishing good to each other, supporting each other by a simple SMS that can mean a lot in a certain moment. I think he is very respectful too.
“He doesn’t want to be around, he doesn’t want to come many times.
“I think he feels completely free because I told him that this is his house always and forever but just a couple of times he travelled with us on the bus and on the train.
“He visited us once but we know that this is his club, this is his life and that he is supporting of us.”
Mourinho on Ferguson, "He feels completely free because I told him that this is his house always and forever."
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