Date of publication: Thursday, December 6, 2018 3:22
Jose Mourinho was the first manager to welcome Claudio Ranieri in the Premier League when he was named head of Fulham .
Fulham on Saturday visits Old Trafford, where Manchester United of Mourinho hopes to secure his first Premier League victory in five games, reuniting the pair for the first time since ] Ranieri departure from Leicester.
It was after that dismissal, just nine months after bringing the foxes to the title, that Mourinho wore the Italian initials, CR, in a show of solidarity with another manager and Ranieri revealed to stay in regular contact [1
But the Fulham manager said: "It was the firs Who sent me a message to say welcome back.It's a very friendly friend.
" He told me, "Welcome back, all the best & # 39; ;. We talk about everything.
"It was a text message, sometimes we talk, it's a great man."
"I've known him for a long time, when he came to Chelsea and Italy, and he was very kind to me.
"He's a great man, coach, manager and even football is important.
" I really enjoy myself (back in the Premier League), I'm back home. "
Fulham produced an encouraging performance in Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Leicester giving Ranieri, 67, a win, a draw and a defeat of his three games in office.
In United they face a team that is under pressure and fighting for the form, but Ranieri insists that his team will have to be "perfect" if they want to succeed.
"Manchester is one of the best teams in the Premier League and also in the Champions League," he said. 19659003] "It's a fantastic team and the stadium and we want to take stock of something. We know it is difficult, but nothing is impossible.
"Manchester is improving, it will be difficult for us, we have to do a perfect performance."
"Every manager would like to win, the desire is to win, but we have great respect for Manchester.
"Every game gets better, but it's not easy because when you stay at the back of the table, it's not 100% safe (easy to be).
" I trusted my players, but if you have two or three good results the team's confidence grows immediately and I am confident that we will do it. "