Bryan Robson highlights similarities between Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson has discussed the similarities between Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, noting the way in which both managers possess a strict approach towards “certain aspects of the game”.

Gary NevilleMichael Carrick and Antonio Valencia have all previously claimed that the pair have a similar managerial style.

It was reported earlier in the season that Sir Alex, who refused to hand Mourinho the Man United job in 2013, was pleased with how the Portuguese had conducted himself at Old Trafford since arriving in June.

And Robson, speaking to Sport Witness, was quick to also draw various comparisons between the two.

“I think they’re very similar,” he said. “They’re both winners, they’ve both got great records as managers.

“You know he’s very strict with the players on certain aspects of the game, Mourinho, and Sir Alex Ferguson was that way as well.

“The training is very similar, because I’ve been down to the training ground a few times to watch the team train, so there are quite a few similarities between the two of them.

“His four signings have been very good and improved the team, so I think we’re going in the right direction, and next season, with a couple more signings, we’ll be up there challenging for the title.

“I think the best change he’s made is that we’re a little more adventurous going forward, we don’t keep the ball as much as under Van Gaal, so he’s made that change, but the players that he’s signed have given the team a bit of a different dimension, so they look like a better side at the moment.”

Perhaps Mourinho deserves more credit for ruthless way in which he steered this United side away from the dogma of Louis van Gaal and instead towards a more direct, ruthless approach akin to that of the great Scot himself.

The results may not be completely there yet but, make no mistake, this is a side hallmarked by power, speed and an insatiable desire to carve open opponents at will – something that could not be said this time last year.

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