Mourinho made mistake in returning to Chelsea, says Ferguson

New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho poses ahead of the press conference

The former Manchester United boss believes Mourinho is the right man to lead the club, despite his difficulties with Chelsea last season.

New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho poses ahead of the press conference

Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson has told Sky Sports that Jose Mourinho made a mistake in returning for a second spell in charge at Chelsea.

Mourinho, who gave his first press conference as United boss on Tuesday, first made his name in English football at Stamford Bridge, winning two Premier League titles during a glittering first spell at the club.

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho (R) with Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

The Portuguese tactician made a sensational return to the Blues in mid-2013, but despite earning another Premier League title during his second season back, Mourinho was dismissed in December of last term after losing nine of 16 league games.

And Sir Alex believes that returning to Chelsea was a mistake for the former Real Madrid and Inter Milan boss.

New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho poses ahead of the press conference

He told Sky Sports at a recent charity event: "I thought Jose was wrong to go back to Chelsea, I really do.

"I think it's always difficult going back to somewhere for a second time."

However, the Scot, who won 38 trophies during his tenure at Old Trafford, believes that Mourinho's difficulties last season will not harm his legacy in the game, adding he was confident that his former club had made the right appointment.

A street seller holds a Jose Mourinho themed Manchester United scarf at Old Trafford, Manchester

"The ability, charisma and personality, his success is high, won a European Cup twice with different clubs, won a Europa [League] with Porto, winning titles with all the teams he's managed. His record - you can't ignore that.

"I think Manchester United is the right kind of club for him, I really do. I think we'll do well."

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