Man Utd legend Sir Alex Ferguson hails Jose Mourinho as one of 'managerial greats' ahead of 1,000th game in charge

SIR ALEX FERGUSON has hailed Jose Mourinho as one of the great managers after he was inducted into the League Managers Association 1000 club.

Mourinho will take charge of his 1000th game tomorrow when he leads Roma into action against Sassuolo in Serie A.


And old rival Ferguson says the 58-year-old’s stellar career – which has seen him win the title in four different countries – marks him out as one of the best.

The LMA committee member said: “Reaching 1000 matches as a manager will be such a proud day for both Jose and his family and rightly so.

"To reach this landmark as a manager is an outstanding accomplishment for Jose, particularly whilst excelling and winning titles in four European leagues and of course winning two Champions League trophies along the way.

“Jose’s achievements will always ensure that he is acknowledged as one of the managerial greats.

"On behalf of the League Managers Association, congratulations and welcome to the Hall of Fame 1000 Club Jose."

Roma boss Mourinho said:  “I am obviously very pleased to be reaching the milestone of 1000 matches managed this weekend, but at the same time it is always in my nature to be looking forward to the next match instead of dwelling on those precious matches that I have experienced so far in my career.

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“To be inducted into the League Managers Association 1000 Club is an achievement that I am proud of and I thank the LMA for remembering this milestone and the many matches my teams have won during this time.”

Mourinho, of course, was one of the men tasked with bringing glory back to United after Fergie’s retirement and spent two years in charge at Old Trafford before he was replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in 2018.

He won the Carabao Cup, Europa League and led United to a second-place finish in the Premier League during that period.

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