Come to the Ground and Say What You Think, Jose Tells Red Devils Legends; Pre-Season Friendly MAN CITY V MAN UTD TODAY, 12.30PM KICK OFF

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Come to the Ground and Say What You Think, Jose Tells Red Devils Legends; Pre-Season Friendly MAN CITY V MAN UTD TODAY, 12.30PM KICK OFF


Byline: ANTHONY JEPSON

JOSE MOURINHO says he will take criticism from United legends on the chin - and has invited them to deliver it in person at the Reds' training ground.

The new Old Trafford chief is well aware that a host of former club greats work in the media, with the likes of Roy Keane, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand acting as TV pundits. They haven't held back in giving their opinions of United's travails under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, and in the past few days Scholes warned the Portuguese that he thinks the Reds could end up paying way too much to land Paul Pogba.

But Mourinho does not intend to go head-to-head with any of the legends - and says he will welcome them at Carrington to have their say.

"At this club you find legends from five years ago, legends of 10 years ago, legends of 15 years ago and legends of 20 years ago," he said in The Sunday Times.

"Their voice becomes very powerful. That is something you have to understand.

"When people belong to the club history, they are different to a normal pundit.

"You have to look at them in a different way. You have to be respectful with these guys.

"They are so powerful in the fans' world that they can influence positively or negatively.

"The fans love them, so when they are positive they can unite and when they are negative they can create a more difficult situation.

"They are working and have to try to be honest and independent.

"So, myself, as United manager, cannot ask them: 'You belong to our history, you are here to help. …

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