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The former Red Devils manager was invited to talk at the UEFA Elite Coaches Forum in Nyon, Switzerland, and reporters didn’t lose the opportunity to ask him about… absolutely everything.
I think that the Europa League has taken on arms and legs since they made the decision to let the winner enter the Champions League. Jose seized on that and he was playing his best team in every round, right from the start. He deserved to win it because his attitude was first class
Alex Ferguson first said, talking about Jose Mourinho and how he approached last season’s Europa League campaign.
Once Jose realised he wasn’t going to win the league back home in England, his intent of winning the Europa League became greater and greater as each round came along. That was a great achievement
the Scotsman said, before being asked to comment on the whole Philippe Coutinho situation at Liverpool.
I think strong management is crucial in this situation. Part of your job as a coach also is to educate your players’ character so they have a responsibility to what they’re doing. Obviously, in some cases, that is changing a bit. It’s disappointing because I’m sure that, in the case of Liverpool, they did a very good job in making Coutinho the player he is today
Ferguson said, adding
it’s a bit disappointing but you have to deal with it and the transfer window doesn’t help in that situation. If it closed in July, Coutinho would have continued playing and it would have been gone. The matter would have been over
The former Man United boss was also asked about the new Champions League season, and he didn’t hesitate to call Real Madrid the team to beat, once again.