Sir Alex Ferguson: How Jose Mourinho has improved Man United
The Manchester United legend discusses Jose Mourinho's impact at Old Trafford
Sir Alex Ferguson believes Manchester United are starting to mirror Jose Mourinho following the manager’s appointment last May.
The Red Devils named Mourinho as Louis van Gaal’s successor following Manchester United’s disappointing fifth-placed finish last term.
Mourinho signed four players in the summer transfer window, including world-record signing Paul Pogba, as the manager looked to transform his squad.
The 20-time English champions won their opening four games in all competitions under their new manager before a run of one victory in eight Premier League fixtures left Mourinho’s side well off the pace in the title race.
However, the Red Devils have found their feet in recent months and Manchester United are unbeaten in 17 games – a run which stretches back to their 2-1 defeat by Fenerbache in the Europa League in late November.
Manchester United managed to avoid a loss at Stoke City on Saturday after Wayne Rooney’s last-gasp free-kick salvaged a 1-1 draw.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Ferguson explained how Mourinho has transformed Manchester United’s fortunes in recent months.
“That is the obvious observation I am making of the team now. The team is mirroring its manager,” Ferguson said.
“On Saturday at Stoke, they played to the last kick of the ball. They never gave in and got their rewards to take something from the game with that great Rooney goal.
“And did you see what he did? Ran to the halfway line. No celebration. Pointed to the ball as if to say ‘get it, we are going to win this’. That is exactly the spirit Jose has created.”