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Mourinho believes criticism could benefit his United players.

Jose Mourinho invites club legends to criticise Manchester United stars face-to-face

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Manchester United have bore the brunt of much criticism over the past three years.

The Red Devils suffered a steep decline upon Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement in 2013, with David Moyes and Louis van Gaal further damaging the club's reputation.

Jose Mourinho is now at the helm and expected to restore United's status as one of European football's heavyweights, but he faces quite the challenge.

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One problem the ex-Chelsea boss must attend to is the club's outspoken legends, with Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes and Roy Keane all too willing to criticise United's underperforming players.

However, it would seem Mourinho welcomes such scrunity and invites the above trio to voice their concerns face-to-face.

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He told SunSport: "From my point of view I would say to them 'You are welcome at the training ground'.

"Any time you want to give an opinion you are welcome, it is your home and you can be back when you want. This club was so successful for so many years you have lots of legends.

"You have to be respectful with these guys. But the reality is that they are so powerful in the fans’ world that they can influence positively or negatively.

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

"That is something you have to understand, it is basic. When people belong to the club history, they are different to a normal pundit. You have to look at them in a different way."

Mourinho's words are difficult to interpret - much like they always are - but it would seem the Portuguese thinks honesty could be beneficial to his players.

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

"So myself as Manchester United manager cannot ask them ‘You belong to our history, you are here to help them!’ No, they are here to be honest.

"You have to accept if they are happy with the team they can elevate support. If they are not happy maybe they can make things more difficult."

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