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The former Manchester United boss believes

the motive behind the 52-year-old's diatribe

was an attempt to gain support from Chelsea

owner Roman Abramovich.

Sir Alex Ferguson believes the real reason

behind Jose Mourinho’s now infamous seven-

minute rant was to send a message to Chelsea

owner Roman Abramovich.

The Premier League champions have registered

just two wins from their opening eight games,

and following their defeat at home to

Southampton before the international break,

Mourinho delivered a lengthy speech in which

he insisted that he would not “run away from


But the former Manchester United boss

believes real motive behind Mourinho’s post-

match interview was an attempt to establish

whether he had the full backing of Chelsea’s


“I was studying Jose on that situation, when he

had his press conference, and I was wondering

whether he wanted the confidence of Roman

Abramovich by saying that: ‘look, do you really

believe in me? This is your opportunity to

believe me’. I think he was putting a challenge

out to Roman,” Ferguson told the Morning Joe


“Because I think at times there is a loneliness

about managing a club like Chelsea. I had

periods like that at United and you feel you’ve

got to get the support from the people on top of

you, the head of the organisation, and I think

that’s what Jose was doing.

“I will say this, and I know him well, he will find

a solution, because that’s what good managers

do, they find the solution. For instance, when we

lost the league, five times we lost it when we

were second, the next year we won it. We

created a solution to make sure it didn’t happen

again. And I think he will do that."

When asked if he felt Mourinho could still guide

Chelsea to a top-four place, Ferguson replied:

“Yes, absolutely no question about that. He’ll

find the solution because he’s a top manager.

He’s a clever guy, and one thing I always

noticed about his teams - they all try for him,

you don’t have any shirkers in his teams. And

that epitomises his way of managing.”



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