Man Utd legend and former manager Sir Alex Ferguson fear that the appointment of Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool might signal the end of United’s dominance over their historic rivals. Klopp has already got the Merseysiders playing an exciting brand of football, and Sir Alex accepts that the German has what it takes to be a success at Anfield.
“I’m worried about him because the one thing United don’t want is Liverpool to get above us,” said Ferguson, speaking at the TechCrunch Disrupt London event. “He’s a fantastic personality, with those big white teeth always showing. Even at Newcastle when they lost the second goal he goes over to Steve McClaren to congratulate him. That’s class, that. And the work he did at Borussia Dortmund. I know him quite well from the coaching seminars. He’s going to make a difference at that club with his personality, drive and knowledge. Things are looking up there.”
Ferguson also provided his backing to troubled Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. The Blues have suffered an unprecedented drop in their fortunes in the current season and rumours are rife that Mourinho is facing the sack at Stamford Bridge. But Ferguson believes that it will be foolishness on Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s part to sack Mourinho. He said: “He (Abramovich) has sacked so many coaches in the last ten years that I am sure he has learned by it. He has to trust and have confidence Jose can turn around. There is no point in sacking one of the best coaches of all time, he’s won the European Cup twice, he’s won the league in each country he’s managed in, he’s won the big trophies.
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“It would be foolish to take that step to sack him. That would be bad management. It’s not leadership, that. I’ve been watching Jose, and I’ve spoken to him a couple of times. It’s the first time he’s been confronted with non-success. “If you look at his whole career it’s been nothing but a rise all the time, so for the first time in his life he’s had to deal with bad publicity, adversity, and that’s a challenge but there are signs he is getting back to a balanced level even though they lost on Saturday. “For Jose, all good leaders will eventually find a solution. He will find a solution, and I think he will get back to normal. It’s not looking great at the moment, but I know the guy and work he has done in football and I can’t see it lasting long.”