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Manch­ester United coach Michael Car­rick says Jose Mour­inho is in an elite group along­side Alex Fer­gu­son as one of the great­est man­agers of the past 30 years de­spite his cur­rent prob­lems at Old Traf­ford.

The former mid­fielder, 37, took up a coach­ing role at the end of last sea­son af­ter a dis­tin­guished play­ing ca­reer at West Ham, Tot­ten­ham and United.

Mour­inho will be hop­ing last week­end’s thrilling 3-2 come­back win against New­cas­tle sparks a re­vival af­ter a dis­mal run of re­sults saw United slip well off the pace in the Premier League and exit the League Cup.

Car­rick told Bri­tain’s Press As­so­ci­a­tion that the most strik­ing thing about the Por­tuguese boss was his track record in win­ning tro­phies over many years.

“He’s man­aged to win tro­phies at United,” said Car­rick. “We’re striv­ing now to get back to it, but as a man­ager you can’t hide from the fact about what


he’s done. It’s up there with the very best.


“For­tu­nately for me, you look at the best man­agers over the last 25-30 years. You’re pick­ing the top three, top five two of them you’d say Jose or Sir Alex are right up there.

“I’ve been lucky enough to ex­pe­ri­ence that and take what I can from both of them.”

ALL HAIL: Michael Car­rick be­lieves Jose Mour­inho is one of the best man­agers of the past 30 years.

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