Alex Ferguson has backed José Mourinho’s call to overlook Ryan Giggs as his assistant at Manchester United.
The call meant that Giggs had to leave Old Trafford after 29 years of service to the Red Devils.
And Fergie says José was right to stick to his trusted No.2 Rui Faria.
He says: “”You’ve got to have, in your assistant, someone you have trusted all your life.
“When I came to United, I brought Archie Knox, because he was a valuable person for me.
“I trusted him 100 percent. José Mourinho has had his assistant for years and, quite rightly, has stuck by his own man. If Jose hadn’t had an assistant, I know he would have taken Ryan.
“It’s time Ryan stood on his own feet, got out there and accepted the challenge.
“I talk about his poker face. He has a bit of steel about him.
“It’s such a highly intense results industry, you need people who go into it to have a bit of steel about them, a bit of character and personality.”