Jose Mourinho may be thankful that he didn’t take on the advice of 13-time Premier League winner Sir Alex Ferguson when he took over as Manchester United manager.
Ferguson is a club legend at Old Trafford as he transformed the club into a winning machine during his 27-year tenure with the Red Devils.
But, despite being famed as one of the best managers of all time, the Scotsman did give a future United boss some poor advice after their appointment.
Three years after Ferguson’s appointment, former Chelsea boss Mourinho took over at the Theatre of Dreams after a disappointing season under Louis van Gaal.
The Italian spoke of the not-so words of wisdom he received upon his appointment in the Amazon Prime Video documentary series All or Nothing, centred around Tottenham Hotspur.
Mourinho said: “Sir Alex Ferguson gave me only one bit of advice in two and a half years: Buy Dele Alli.
“'That guy, with that mentality, the way he plays, the aggression he has in mind. This guy is the Manchester United player. Buy Dele Alli'.
"And he [Ferguson] has an eye for a player. But he [Alli] is not a good trainer, we need to find motivation for the guy."
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It is well recorded that English midfielder Alli is more fond of showing off his talents on the pitch rather than the training ground, leading to him slowly falling out of the limelight having been one of the most exciting talents in the Premier League when he broke on to the scene.
Speaking about his first impressions of the 25-year-old when he took over in north London, the now-Roma manager said: “I told already Dele very directly that he doesn't train well, he is not a good trainer.
"I am not saying a disaster but I am not saying Harry Kane, Harry Kane is a very good trainer.”
Now under the management of Nuno Espirito Santo, Alli is starting to receive more opportunities under the Portuguese manager.
He has started all six games so far for Spurs this season, playing in several different positions in midfield and along the frontline.
His performances certainly aren’t going to see him called up to Gareth Southgate’s England team anytime soon, but they are improving and the more faith put into Alli, the more chance he has of getting his career back on track.
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