Sir Alex Ferguson: United making progress under Mourinho

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Manchester United is making progress under Jose Mourinho and is “unlucky” not to be challenging Chelsea, says their former boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

Ferguson, 75, stepped down in 2013 but retains close ties to Old Trafford and attends most games.

“I think he has done a great job,” said the Scot in an exclusive interview with BBC Sport.

Ferguson also explained why he thinks Wayne Rooney’s United goal-scoring record will never be broken.

Jose Mourinho became Manchester United’s third manager since Ferguson retired when he replaced Louis van Gaal in May.

Although he won his opening three games in charge, Mourinho’s team collected just six points from their next seven Premier League matches.

They have been sixth after every round of matches since the end of October and stayed in that position after the 1-1 draw at Stoke on 21 January, when Rooney scored an injury-time equaliser to become United’s record goal scorer, with 250.

Nevertheless, Ferguson can see signs of progress under the Portuguese. And though Chelsea are eight points clear at the top of the Premier League – and 14 points ahead of the Old Trafford club – he believes his former side are “unlucky” not to be up there with them.

“You can see he has got to grips with the club,” he said.

“The team is playing really well and he has been very unlucky. He has had six 1-1 draws and in every game he has battered the opposition.

“If they hadn’t had all these draws, they would be there challenging Chelsea. That is the unfortunate part but he is going to have to live with that.” (BBC Sport)

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