English Premiership

Charlton happy to have Mourinho at United

2016-05-31 09:00
Bobby Charlton (AFP)

Cape Town - Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton has said that he is "very happy" to see Jose Mourinho take over as coach of the Red Devils. 

The Portuguese tactician replaced Louis van Gaal as manager after the Dutchman was sacked despite United winning the FA Cup, with a fifth-place finish in the league meaning there will be no Champions League football for the red half of Manchester next season.

Charlton has been critical of Mourinho's management style in the past, particularly of an incident in 2011 when the 53-year-old poked Barcelona assistant coach Tito Vilanova in the eye during an El Clasico match and subsequently received a two-match ban. The ban was later lifted.

However, despite his reservations about Mourinho's character, Chartlon believes that United will head into the new campaign with a strong manager.

"A United manager wouldn't do that," Charlton said of the eye-poking incident while giving Mourinho and his assistant Rui Faria a tour of United’s training facilities in Carrington with the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. 

"Mourinho is a really good coach, but that's as far as I would go really. He pontificates too much for my liking. He's a good manager, though."

Mourinho will start working with the United players who are not participating in the Euro 2016 or Copa America when pre-season training begins on July 4. Later that month, Mourinho will face his first assignment when the Red Devils travel to China for a pre-season tour.  


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