Michael Carrick: Jose Mourinho is similar to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United

by Tanveer Arayan

Michael Carrick insists Jose Mourinho is similar to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United as they’re both winners.

There were concerns that Mourinho’s style of winning ugly and getting the job done following his arrival in the summer, with some believing he’d scrap traditions of Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson.

However, performances have improved at Old Trafford from last season under Louis van Gaal and it’s clear that he’s the right manager to guide the side forward.

Speaking about the Portuguese boss, Carrick insists he’s enjoyed his time under Mourinho.

“I’ve really enjoyed the experience with Jose Mourinho,” he said.

“He is quite calm actually, calculated. Especially at half-time, very calm. He thinks about it and plans it out and he does the talking. He does everything. He has been known not to be afraid of making changes or making hard decisions.

“Some managers let the game drift and hope for a change, but he reacts and makes those changes whether at half-time or whenever. What you see is not always what you get when you are looking at it from a distance.

“But he is very calm the whole time. He knows where he is going and wants to go to and the targets he has set.He wants to win and win trophies – and won’t stop. He is the same as Sir Alex in that sense. In the League Cup final we were not at our best but we won.

“That’s what Sir Alex got from us and what Jose gets from us, too.”

Mourinho has the right foundations in place at United and there’s no doubt things are starting to click as he reinstalls the winning mentality into players, something they’ve lacked for the past three years.

You saw what United meant to Mourinho at Stamford Bridge; while some factions of the Chelsea support chanted ‘fu*k off Mourinho’ at him, he walked over to the United away end and pumped the crest on his chest. He’s United, he gets United, he is where he wants to be and here’s hoping he can indeed follow in the footsteps of Sir Alex and leave a legacy of silverware behind at the club when he leaves.

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