​Sir Alex Ferguson has backed new Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho to be a vast improvement on Louis van Gaal, who was fired by the club after a disappointing two years in charge at Old Trafford. 

Speaking to ​Sky Sports, Ferguson knocked Mourinho’s choice to return to Chelsea for a second spell after leaving Real Madrid, but admitted that the Portuguese’s record was impossible to ignore when considering his capabilities. 

He said: “I think there’ll be a massive improvement. I think Jose was wrong to go back to Chelsea. It’s always difficult when you go back somewhere for a second time. 

“He’s won the European Cup twice with different clubs and won titles with all the clubs he’s been at. You can’t ignore his record and I think Manchester United is the right kind of club for him.”

The Scot ​also waded into the conversation about who should be the man to replace Roy Hodgson as the manager of the England team, claiming that Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce is the ‘obvious choice’ for the FA as they look to rebuild after the Three Lions’ shambolic exit from Euro 2016. 

He said: “The problem is there was an expectation England would do well and because they didn’t, it’s all a bit flat. So they need to work out what the plan B is. 

“It’s very difficult to think of the right man and there are only three English managers in the Premier League. With Sam (Allardyce)’s experience, he is the obvious choice.

“But I think they have to search wider to make sure they get the right one. If it’s Sam, fine. But they have to have someone with the capabilities, the tactical awareness and the feel for the national side.”

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