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The Old Trafford legend has drawn managerial comparisons between the Portuguese coach and the Scot's own younger self when he was in charge of Aberdeen

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted he sees many qualities in Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho that he himself possessed when he was starting out.

Sir Alex first came to prominence whilst in charge of Aberdeen, and Mourinho, who has often been tipped to take over the hot-seat at Old Trafford in due course, reminds the Scot of himself.

"I look at Jose and I see myself reflected in many of the things he does,” Sir Alex said in a new Spanish book titled Jose Mourinho, The Secrets of his Success.

Mourinho made a big impression on the Premier League during his hugely successful spell at Chelsea and has made it clear that he would like to return one day.

The 48-year-old won six trophies in a three-year spell at Stamford Bridge, and while Sir Alex remains the most successful manager in the Premier League he says they both share the same character.

"In the first year at Chelsea when I saw him running along the touchline at Old Trafford, he reminded me of my first years at Aberdeen jumping, raising my arms, celebrating.

"We're only human. We can't hide our emotions. They're always there, they're part of who we are, of our character."

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