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Abhishek Nandwani
Monday , December 27, 2010 at 11 : 19

Mourinho the best man to replace Ferguson


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Sir Alex Ferguson is one of the finest managers the football world has ever seen. His outstanding record at Manchester United is just impeccable and can hardly be matched by anyone else. Back in 2002, United manager Ferguson was all set to retire but after a change of heart, it was declared that he would stay on for another three years.

But eight years after that emotional press conference, the gaffer is still in charge of United and going strong at 69. But it's a matter of time when the legendary figure calls it a day, with rumours suggesting that either this or the next season could be his last in charge.

I think most Manchester United fans are dreading the day when Sir Alex retires because replacing him is next to impossible. With more than 24 years in charge, there is not even a single trophy left that he has not lifted.

With 35 trophies that include 11 Premier League titles, 5 FA Cup trophies, 2 Champions League medals and 4 League Cups, I don't think any other current manager has an as impressive trophy cabinet as this man.

The man who comes closest to match Ferguson's achievement and aura at present is none other than the 'Special One' - Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho has never never been short of an opinion or two, surely one of the greatest showmen in football all around the globe. When the cameras point to his direction and the press conferences becomes particularly heated, Jose is the one who leaves every football fan and critic speechless.

He has never been afraid of making his point and bullying the other managers and players. Remember his Chelsea days when he used every trick in the book to unsettle Cristiano Ronaldo by calling him the most overrated player and the man who lacks class.

He did everything he could to kick Barcelona out of Champions League semifinal last season and the way he ran onto the pitch after knocking them out was a sign of an arrogant man who is self-obsessed and loves to live that way.

His touchline gestures are those of some dictator and the statements almost as provocative as Ferguson's. There can be little doubt that both love to take a dig at their opponents.

Whatever Mourinho does, he does it in a unique way. When he was given the Premier League medal, he went and threw it to the Chelsea fans and when he was presented with the replacement medal, he did the same with it as well.

He started his managerial career in 2002 and since then has won 17 trophies in just eight years and the most impressive record this man holds is his fantastic home record.

As of December 26, 2010, Mourinho is on a unbeaten run of 144 home league matches: 38 (W36-D2) with Porto, 60 (W46-D14) with Chelsea, 38 (W29-D9) with Inter Milan and 8 (W8-D0) with Real Madrid.

His last and only home league defeat came when Porto were defeated 3-2 by Beira-Mar on February 23, 2002.

With such an impressive record and a dynamic personality, I guess no one can manage Manchester United better than the 'Special One' and overall he himself has the dream to return to EPL with Manchester and his good friendship with Ferguson will surely do him a favour or two.


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