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  • Manchester United assistant manager Carlos Queiroz has declared that his boss Sir Alex Ferguson has never questioned his tactics since he moved to Old Trafford.

    The 45-year-old, who joined United in 2002 and then returned to the Premier League club after a season in charge of Real Madrid, enjoys the total confidence of his Scottish manager and is able to do his job in an atmosphere he loves.

    “On my first day at Carrington (training grounds), Alex introduced me to the group and told me: “Get on with it”, Queiroz told Le Monde.

    “Since that moment, he has never interfered with my work. And when things are going bad, Alex never lets me down.

    “The big difference with United and Real is that at Madrid the directors and the press want to control the club. And the chairmen think they know football!

    “At Manchester, the only bosses of the team are coaching staff members.

    “A few days ago we lost at home against our arch-rivals Manchester City. We were able to think and work in the days after, but after such a defeat it would have been impossible in Madrid.”

    United face a test of their European credentials at home to Lyon and Queiroz wants the players to take control of the game from the outset.

    “I am going to ask my players to play much more risky football against Lyon than at Gerland,” he revealed. “I apologise to Lyonnais: Manchester United can’t exit the Champions League that early.”


    If Fergie goes, I actually hope this guy takes over for a while, it seems much of our success is down to him now. It would smooth the transition, keep some continuity, as whoever comes next is going to have it about hundred times harder than Bosnich and co had it after big Schmeiks left! For Carlos it would be business as usual, just more responsibility and pressure.

    Oh, and there the Ronaldo factor...

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