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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will recommend Jose Mourinho as his successor when he eventually leaves Old Trafford. 

Ferguson’s decision to back his former rival for the biggest job in football will be critical for The Special One, who has made plenty of enemies during a colourful career with Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and now Real Madrid.

Senior figures at Old Trafford are concerned Mourinho will tarnish the club’s reputation, and his cause was not helped earlier this month when he allegedly poked Barcelona’s assistant manager Tito Vilanova in the eye following a recent Real Madrid defeat at the Nou Camp. 

But Ferguson, who has grown increasingly close to Mourinho since the Portuguese left England in 2007, still believes he is the right man for the job with the required experience, work ethic and personality – and will tell the United board when he is consulted. 

A source who knows both managers said: ‘Alex and Jose are close – Alex will do what he can to get him the United job. Jose has had many problems at Real Madrid but Alex understands that is largely to do with his nationality.

‘Jose is proud of his country but Spanish people look down on the Portuguese and don’t like to take orders from them. 

‘It is different in England – when Jose left, it was massive news and the Chelsea players felt it was like a bereavement.’ 

One of Ferguson’s most experienced players, Rio Ferdinand, has also gone on record as saying Mourinho is the ‘only man big enough’ to fill Sir Alex’s shoes when he retires.

But he still has to win over other people at United who have balked at his long-running feud with Barcelona.

Mourinho is currently serving a five-match touchline ban in the Champions League after accusing officials of helping Barcelona win last season’s hotly contested semi-final against Real.

Ferguson, whose United team face Mourinho’s former club Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday, keeps in regular touch with his one-time rival and spent time in Lisbon ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League tie against Benfica helping to contribute towards a favourable biography about the celebrated Portuguese manager, who has won the Champions League with Porto and Inter. 

He credits Mourinho’s arrival at Stamford Bridge in 2004 in helping Manchester United raise their own game, noting in particular the fast starts Chelsea made in the Premier League. 

It is something United have emulated this season, winning all four games so far and scoring 18 goals.

Source: DailyMail

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