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'Man Utd must make him feel loved' - Mourinho welcomes 'shy' Ferguson into dressing room

02:35 GMT+3 19/03/2017
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The manager says it makes "no sense" for the club legend to stay away from the team and convinced him to travel to games with the players

Jose Mourinho says Sir Alex Ferguson has tried to keep his distance from the Manchester United team, but the Portuguese has convinced him to travel with the team and enter the dressing room.

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The Old Trafford club have struggled since the Scotsman brought an end to a long, trophy-laden period in 2013.

While he has kept quiet through David Moyes and Louis van Gaal's spells in charge, Mourinho revealed he has brought a "respectful and shy" Ferguson back into the picture. 

"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," he is quoted as saying by The Mirror.

"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.

“There have been ­situations at the end of the game where Sir Bobby Charlton comes down, the executive director Ed Woodward comes down, and Sir Alex, who is with them, does not come to the dressing room.

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"That kind of situation, I already said that makes absolutely no sense.”

The respect between Ferguson and Mourinho during the former's career is well known and the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss says their relationship has not changed since his arrival.

“It’s the same relationship we had in the old days,” he added.

“A phone call, an SMS, sympathetic details like we always had with each other. A Christmas, a ­birthday, a more ­important game.”