Sir Bobby Charlton meets with Jose Mourinho

by Ben Topliss

Sir Bobby Charlton told Jose Mourinho that he is “very happy” to see the Portuguese at Manchester United after the pair met at the club’s Carrington training ground this week.

Mourinho was shown around the training ground by Ed Woodward on Monday as he begins his reign at the club.

Mourinho met Charlton and the former joked about the Man United legend’s brace for England against Portugal in 1966 on their way to World Cup glory. He said: “You killed my country’s dream in 1966, but even so, all the best.”

Charlton has previously been critical of Mourinho, most notably after the former Real Madrid boss poked Barcelona assistant coach Tito Vilanova in the eye during an El Clasico match in 2011.

“A United manager wouldn’t do that,” Charlton said in 2012.

“Mourinho is a really good coach, but that’s as far as I would go really. He pontificates too much for my liking. He’s a good manager, though.”

But Charlton appeared amiable during the meeting between the pair on Monday.

It is understood that several members of the United hierarchy have reservations over Mourinho’s off-field antics and tendency to neglect youth but the club can’t afford another mediocre season and he represents the ‘safe bet’ in terms of getting back to the top.

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