Sir Alex Ferguson: What I really think about Jose Mourinho’s big Man United decision
Sir Alex Ferguson discusses Jose Mourinho's decision to appoint his own Manchester United assistant boss
Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Jose Mourinho’s decision to bring in his own assistant manager at Manchester United.
The Portuguese coach is currently gearing up for life as United boss after being appointed as Louis van Gaal’s permanent successor back in May.
Mourinho has opted to bring in his long-term assistant boss Rui Faria to work alongside him at Old Trafford, a move which has paved the way for Ryan Giggs to leave the club.
Giggs had previously worked under Van Gaal as the Dutchman’s assistant manager for two seasons but has now opted to end his 29-year association with the club.
However, former United boss Ferguson feels that Mourinho’s move to bring in his own man is the correct decision.
Speaking in an interview with BBC Sport, Ferguson said: “You have got to have, in your assistant, someone you have trusted all your life.
“When I came to United, I brought Archie Knox because he was a valuable person for me. I trusted him 100 per cent. Jose Mourinho has had his assistant for years and, quite rightly, has stuck by his own man.
“If Jose hadn’t had an assistant, I know he would have taken Ryan.”
United moved quickly to bring in Mourinho after opting to sack Van Gaal just days after the end of last season.
United finished fifth and wont he FA Cup last term.