Jose Mourinho believes Sir Jim Ratcliffe will help restore Man United to former glories as he says Ed Woodward was a ‘fish out of water’ running a football club and blasts stay-away Glazers

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Jose Mourinho believes Sir Jim Ratcliffe‘s arrival at Manchester United will help restore the club to past glories after over a decade of decline.

The Portuguese coach, 61, experienced first-hand the ownership of the unpopular Glazer family during his time in charge at Old Trafford between 2016 and 2018.

Ineos billionaire Ratcliffe has paid £1.3bn for a 25 per cent stake in United and control of football operations, with the Premier League approving the deal this week.

Ratcliffe has wasted little time getting down to business with Omar Berrada moving from rivals Manchester City to replace Richard Arnold as chief executive and Newcastle’s Dan Ashworth lined up as sporting director.

Mourinho has told ex-United defender Rio Ferdinand on his FIVE podcast that Ratcliffe will change things for the better.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe is getting down to business after his buy-in at Man United was approved

Mourinho said he didn't have a direct line to United's owners, the Glazer family, when in charge

Mourinho said he didn’t have a direct line to United’s owners, the Glazer family, when in charge

The former United boss told Rio Ferdinand he believes Ratcliffe will get United back on track

The former United boss told Rio Ferdinand he believes Ratcliffe will get United back on track

‘Ineos and Ratcliffe, I know him well and we have a good relationship with years ago,’ Football.com global ambassador Mourinho said.

‘I have a very good feeling, he is also a sports man, he loves it and that is a very important thing.

‘He comes with experience from other experiences – smaller clubs, other sports, cycling. I have a good feeling things can go in the right direction and I honestly hope so.’

Mourinho said he ‘loved’ his time in charge of United, which saw him win the EFL Cup and the Europa League in his first season before finishing second behind City in the Premier League.

But he said the set-up behind the scenes at Old Trafford – which Ratcliffe is trying to shake up – didn’t help him because he had no direct link to the Glazers.

‘It is a historical club, a legendary club with legendary players. I was very, very happy and proud to be there,’ he said.

‘I don’t think the media helped me, including yourself maybe.

Ratcliffe watches a match at Old Trafford alongside legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Ratcliffe watches a match at Old Trafford alongside legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Mourinho said Ed Woodward, the executive vice-chairman at United when he was manager, was a 'good man' but 'not like a fish in the water' running a football club

Mourinho said Ed Woodward, the executive vice-chairman at United when he was manager, was a ‘good man’ but ‘not like a fish in the water’ running a football club

The Portuguese coach was in charge at United between the summer of 2016 and late 2018

The Portuguese coach was in charge at United between the summer of 2016 and late 2018

‘I didn’t feel that was with an intention of hurting, it was more that people didn’t understand the dimension of the job and the potential difficulties and the fact the coach was in a hybrid position because in the years before everything was very clear – the ownership was Sir Alex [Ferguson] and David Gill.

‘Then it was changing, the structure was not very fluid. When people criticise Ed Woodward’s job, I don’t like it because for me he is a good man, he was just a man who probably was not like a fish in the water.

‘Very intelligent, very polite, very correct but probably not prepared for the sports side of it.

‘For a coach not to have a direct communication with the ownership, for a coach not to have a structure that shares the same principles and ideas was not very easy, with consequences at many levels.’

All three parts of the interview will be available on FIVE’s YouTube – The full interview with José Mourinho will be available on @FIVEUK’s audio platforms, Spotify, Apple and Google Podcasts. 





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