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EPL 2016-17: Jose Mourinho wants Sir Alex Ferguson to have a key role at Manchester United - reports

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Ferguson and Mourinho have an excellent relationship

Jose Mourinho intends to bring Sir Alex Ferguson back into the football world with the Special One insistent that the former United manager should have an influence on the club's affairs, according to reports in Glasgow Live.

Sir Alex retired after the 2012 -2013 season, winning Manchester United a record 20th Premier League title. Since then the Scot has been out in the cold, away from matters regarding on how the club should move forward.

He was allowed to choose his successor, which in retrospect proved to be one of his poor decisions.

The top brass at Manchester United have been reportedly ignoring Ferguson's counsel regarding how the club should move on, with the money men having a more prominent say. The American Glazer family are in control of the choices made, having a majority stake at the club.

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Former Chief Executive of the Red Devils David Gill, who was in charge of transfers, does not also have a say in matters since leaving the post and becoming a director on the board.

Mourinho wishes to tap into the wealth of experience that Ferguson offers

The legendary Scot is on the fringes at Manchester United since his retirement, with managers who succeeded him not tapping into his wealth of experience. Mourinho now wants to bring the financial and football branches of the club closer together, in order to bring Manchester United back to the top of English football.

Harvard University have previously brought in Sir Alex as an honourary professor for lectures on management, using his football management principles for use off the field and in real-life situations. 

Sources inside the club have indicated that Ferguson is somewhat frustrated with his lack of involvement in the club’s affairs. Sir Bobby Charlton has also been pushed out of internal decisions along with Ferguson.

Jose Mourinho is sympathetic to that and wishes Ferguson to be more closely integrated with the Glazer-led board. Mourinho has previously insisted that Sir Alex Ferguson is free to visit the Carrington training grounds.

Mutual respect between them

Mourinho and Ferguson have been rivals for a long time, which began with the former Chelsea manager’s memorable visit to Old Trafford with Porto. Later on, Mourinho would join Chelsea to deny Manchester United the title in 2005 and 2006.

The Portuguese was one of the few managers to have a good record against Sir Alex Ferguson and United. Their last meeting was the infamous Champions League tie between Real Madrid and Manchester United, which the Premier League club lost.

Jose Mourinho has always had a cordial relationship with Sir Alex regardless of how heated the matches were between them. Mourinho has praised and admired Sir Alex's tactics and his ability to bring the best out of his players. 

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