Fergie sees himself in Mourinho

The two managers are close friends, with former Chelsea boss

Mourinho tipped as a contender to take over at Old Trafford when

Ferguson eventually steps down. Ferguson says he sees himself in

the Portuguese, who led Inter Milan to a spectacular Treble in

2010. The Scotsman said in a new Spanish book titled Jose Mourinho,

The Secrets of his Success: “I look at Jose and I see myself

reflected in many of the things he does. “In the first year at

Chelsea when I saw him running along the touchline at Old Trafford,

he reminded me of my first years at Aberdeen, jumping, raising my

arms, celebrating. “We’re only human. We can’t hide our emotions.

They’re always there, they’re part of who we are, of our

character.” Ferguson is currently enduring a rough patch at Old

Trafford after United crashed out of the UEFA Champions League in

midweek. They have also been dealt a heavy blow with the news

captain and influential centre-back Nemanja Vidic has been ruled

out for the rest of the season after rupturing a cruciate knee

ligament. With the Serbian out, Ferguson has challenged Rio

Ferdinand to become United’s defensive kingpin. “The experience we

have with Rio, with one of the younger defenders alongside him, I

think will be a good combination,” he said. “We have to think about

three games in seven days for Rio, but in this situation I’m sure

he’ll want to play on Saturday [when United are at home to Wolves].

“His form over the last few weeks has been very good and it

probably isn’t a problem for him, playing against Wolves. “But we

have to consider the fact he’s 33 now and had injury issues over

the last two or three years, particularly with his back. “We just

have to measure it closely in terms of how he feels and how he’s

looking.”