Charlton, Mourinho united in shared vision

Despite opposition to Jose Mourinho after the departure of Alex Ferguson, club legend Bobby Charlton (above) gave the new coach a warm welcome on Monday, saying: "I am very happy to see you here".
Despite opposition to Jose Mourinho after the departure of Alex Ferguson, club legend Bobby Charlton (above) gave the new coach a warm welcome on Monday, saying: "I am very happy to see you here". PHOTOS: REUTERS, EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY
Despite opposition to Jose Mourinho (above) after the departure of Alex Ferguson, club legend Bobby Charlton  gave the new coach a warm welcome on Monday, saying: "I am very happy to see you here".
Despite opposition to Jose Mourinho (above) after the departure of Alex Ferguson, club legend Bobby Charlton gave the new coach a warm welcome on Monday, saying: "I am very happy to see you here". PHOTOS: REUTERS, EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

LONDON • Bobby Charlton once said that Jose Mourinho had acted unlike a Manchester United manager and that the Portuguese "pontificates too much".

On Monday, he welcomed United's new manager to the football club.

In December 2012, when discussing Mourinho's actions as Real Madrid manager after he had gouged the eye of Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova, Charlton, 78, the former United and England great, had said: "A United manager wouldn't do that".

Charlton is also understood to have objected to Mourinho's potential appointment when United were looking for a successor to Alex Ferguson in 2013.

With Mourinho being taken on a tour of United's Carrington training base, it could have been an awkward moment when he met Charlton, but the Portuguese, 53, was keen to bury the hatchet.

Mourinho shared a warm embrace with Charlton and, in reference to the United legend's goals in England's semi-final victory against Portugal in the 1966 World Cup, jokingly told him: "You killed my country's dream in 1966 but even so all the best".

Charlton responded by saying: "I am very happy to see you here", before Mourinho told him to save the kind words until he starts winning matches.

The video of the meeting, released on United's website, will be seen as an attempt by the club to draw a line under Charlton's comments about Mourinho.

Mourinho and long-time assistant Rui Faria joined Charlton, United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and head of elite development John Murtough on a tour of the club's training centre.

Mourinho, who is scheduled to start work with those United players not involved in Euro 2016 or the Copa America when they report back for pre-season training on July 4, has been quick to get started at United having signed his three-year deal to take over as manager.

As well as getting to know the facilities, reports suggested midfielder Michael Carrick will sign a one-year deal after the Portuguese manager made it clear that he wanted the 34-year-old to stay.

Carrick, who moved to United in 2006 from Tottenham Hotspur for an initial £14 million (S$28.2 million), had been linked with a move away from Old Trafford.

"Mourinho's track record speaks for itself. He's a good fit for the club and hopefully he'll do very well," Carrick said earlier last week. "It's sad to see anyone lose their job, the manager and staff, but good times are ahead."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 01, 2016, with the headline 'Charlton, Mourinho united in shared vision'. Print Edition | Subscribe