Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed his beliefs that the club is making their current manager Jose Mourinho, and is “unlucky” not to be challenging Chelsea in the Premier League.
Jose Mourinho was the third Manchester United manager since Ferguson, 75, retired in 2013. While United won their opening three league games under the Portuguese, the team subsequently underperformed and collected just six points in their next seven games.
They are currently sixth in the Premier League.
However, Ferguson believed that there were signs of progress under the former Chelsea boss. While the Blues are currently eight points clear on 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.
“I think he has done a great job — 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.”
Ferguson also said that it will prove very difficult for anyone to match Wayne Rooney’s goal tally for United.
Rooney bested Sir Bobby Charlton’s club record of 249 Manchester United goals that stood for 44 years with a stunning free-kick equalizer against Stoke City last week.
“In the present-day game, it is difficult to see any club having players who can stay with them for 10 years.”
“Jose has mentioned Marcus Rashford and there is an opportunity for that young lad, if he stays at United, and develops his potential the way that Wayne has.”
“But it is a very big target to hit. Bobby Charlton’s record was quite substantial. I couldn’t think anybody would beat that. It is an achievement par excellence.”
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