Jose Mourinho has backed new Manchester United manager David Moyes to succeed as manager of Old Trafford whilst also revealing he felt honoured to receive a personal call from Sir Alex Ferguson.
Mourinho has also said that the landscape of the Premier League will be different without Ferguson around.
Speaking to Sky Sports Mourinho said: "When Sir Alex called me to give me the honor of knowing from him his decision, I was surprised and sad.
"At the same time, I was happy to feel his emotion, and pride for such an amazing career.
"It will be difficult for me, and I think all managers, to go to Old Trafford and play against Manchester United, without this mythical figure waiting for us.
"I think David is a great choice. I like him as a person, I like his character as a manager. I believe Manchester United will support him, I think he has the qualities to do a good job.
"I wish Sir Alex a happy life, and I wish David a successful career at Old Trafford."
Mourinho was second favorite to take over from Ferguson for a while after Wednesday's announcement, but he hinted that Sir Alex Ferguson knows which club the Real Madrid boss wants to manage after he leaves the Spanish capital.
"We are good friends, and my good friends know which club I would like to manage when I finish my work at Real Madrid," Mourinho added.
He was also asked if he would tune in when Ferguson takes charge of his last match at Old Trafford on Sunday, and said:
"No, certainly not - no, I don't want to cry!"
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