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Manchester United fans will be delighted with the rumoured relationship current boss Jose Mourinho has with legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

The 75-year old retired from football management in 2013 and both David Moyes and Louis van Gaal both failed to successfully follow in his footsteps.

Jose Mourinho was appointed as Manchester United boss in the summer and though they had an iffy start, his side are current on a eight-match winning run going into the EFL Cup semi-final with Hull City tonight.

And reports have suggested that Mourinho is keeping Fergie, a manager who he came up against several times in his career, heavily involved.

James Ducker from The Telegraph claims that although Moyes and Van Gaal had good relationships with Sir Alex, Mourinho had made a point of giving him more access.

Ducker writes:

"Mourinho disclosed in an interview last month that he was not one to be haunted by "ghosts" of the past and had made a point of inviting Ferguson to United's Carrington training headquarters to watch training, talk to the players and share lunch with him.

"And it has since emerged that, when Ferguson recently requested permission to travel on the United team coach to an away match, Mourinho assured him that he did not need to ask and could sit anywhere he wanted, including in the seat reserved for the manager."

Mourinho has always made it clear how much he respects Fergie and he also said to have produced another great gesture before United's game against Middlesbrough on New Year's Eve - where Sir Alex Ferguson turned 75.

The former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan boss is said to have gone out of his way to see Ferguson, who invites guests to games at a table in a private suite beneath the directors' box in the South Stand at Old Trafford, to wish him a happy 75th birthday. As reported by ESPN, Ferguson was wholly appreciative of the gesture.

It's a story that Manchester United supporters will be fans of - with their current boss keeping their greatest ever manager involved in some capacity.

Josh Lawless

Was once told that Ousmane Dabo was going to be a Manchester City legend.

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