Sir Alex Ferguson delivered his verdict on how Jose Mourinho was doing in his first season at Manchester United yesterday.
Ferguson believes United are making progress under Mourinho, ahead of their EFL Cup semi-final second-leg against Hull tomorrow night (7.45pm).
Manchester United are sixth in the Premier League 14 points behind leaders Chelsea but are still in the Europa League and FA Cup.
And Mourinho has spoken about Ferguson’s support, insisting the pair have always been close.
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Sir Alex Ferguson visits Manchester United's Carrington training ground
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Sir Alex Ferguson made a surprise visit to Manchester United's Carrington training ground on Friday
“Obviously he’s such an important person in the club and obviously it means a lot but I don’t want to comment,” Mourinho said.
“I wouldn’t comment even if the comments were negative. But the support I feel from Sir Alex is the support I’ve always felt with him except when I was a direct competitor and playing against his teams
“I always felt this kind of support, I think he felt the same when I was abroad in Italy and Spain.
“Friends supporting each other by a simple text message which means a lot in a certain moment.”
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Mourinho has encouraged Ferguson to stay as involved at Manchester United as possible, following his retirement in 2013.
The Portugese boss added: “He doesn’t want to be around and come too many times. I think he feels free. I told him that this is his ‘house’ always and forever but just a couple of times.
“But we know that this is his club, his life, and that he is supporting us.”