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Revealed! Mourinho explains how he seduced Sir Alex Ferguson

EPL By: Linus Onyeze | 19/03/2017

Sir Alex Ferguson pictured with current United  manager Jose Mourinho.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has revealed how he brought Sir Alex Ferguson back into the mainstream at Old Trafford and “made him feel loved again”.

Ferguson, who retired in 2013 as United’s most successful manager, had been in the background during the tenures of David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, but has been brought back to the forefront by Mourinho, and the Portuguese has explained how it all happened.

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“When he left here, he wanted to leave and not come back,” said Mourinho. “I think, perhaps, for his own comfort. Maybe going back is to suffer a little.

“But after I arrived, he came in again. He came back to visit the people he worked with for so many years. And he travelled with us once again.

"And that’s what I said to him, ‘It doesn’t make sense that we’re playing in London and go on a private train and you, Sir Alex, will go by car. You’re not going by car. No. Go by train, with the team’.

“But he is so respectful that he becomes even a little shy in this approach. We have to make him feel loved.

“In our head there are no ghosts, no complexes, no such thing.”

Since his arrival as Van Gaal's replacement last summer, boss Mourinho has admitted he has been gently coaxing Ferguson back into the centre of things at United.

Ferguson, 75, has started ­travelling with the team for European games again this season, flying in the official party on the team plane and ­staying in their hotel.