Ferguson Praises ‘Calm’ Mourinho For His Progress In Man Utd

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Former Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson has praised Jose Mourinho for his progress so far in steering the playing affairs of the club.

He further expressed his mind on The Red Devils being unlucky not to be challenging Chelsea at the top of the table.

Ferguson, 75, stepped down in 2013 but retains close ties to Old Trafford and attends most games.

“I think he has done a great job,” said the Scot in an exclusive interview with BBC Sport.

Ferguson also explained why he thinks Wayne Rooney’s United goalscoring record will never be broken.

‘Without those draws, they’d be challenging Chelsea’

Jose Mourinho became Manchester United’s third manager since Ferguson retired when he replaced Louis van Gaal in May.

Although he won his opening three games in charge, Mourinho’s team collected just six points from their next seven Premier League matches.

There was a period earlier in the season when he wasn’t getting the decisions and his emotions boiled over. You see him now – he is calm and in control

They have been sixth after every round of matches since the end of October and stayed in that position after the 1-1 draw at Stoke on 21 January, when Rooney scored an injury-time equaliser to become United’s record goalscorer, with 250.

Nevertheless, Ferguson can see signs of progress under the Portuguese. And though Chelsea are eight points clear at the top of the Premier League – and 14 points ahead of the Old Trafford club – he believes his former side are “unlucky” not to be up there with them.

“You can see he has got to grips with the club,” he said.

“The team is playing really well and he has been very unlucky. He has had six 1-1 draws and in every game he has battered the opposition.

“If they hadn’t had all these draws, they would be there challenging Chelsea. That is the unfortunate part but he is going to have to live with that.”

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