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Manchester United Mourinho, Van Gaal, Ferguson attend UEFA Elite Coaches Forum

A host of top coaches in club football attended the 19th annual UEFA Elite Coaches Forum.

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho might have had one or two uncomplimentary things to say about his predecessor Louis van Gaal but there was no bad blood between them when they met at the UEFA Elite Coaches Forum on Wednesday, August 30.

A host of top European coaches attended the 19th edition of the annual conference which was chaired by another of Mourinho's predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson.

Ernesto Valverde, Massimiliano Allegri, Zinedine Zidane, Jose Mourinho, Leonardo Jardim (Back row, L-R): Giorgio Marchetti, Eduardo Berizzo, Rafa Benitez, Louis van Gaal, Aleksander Ceferin, Sir Alex Ferguson, Rui Vitoria, Pierluigi Collina play How many coaches can you recognise from the group photo of the 2017 UEFA Elite Coaches Forum (Twitter/UEFA.com)

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Ferguson presented Van Gaal with a special plaque for managing 100 European matches at club level.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, Paris Saint-Germain's Unai Emery, Newcastle's Rafa Benitez, Claudio Ranieri were all in attendance.

Sir Alex Ferguson and Louis van Gaal play Alex Ferguson present a special plaque to Van Gaal (Twitter/UEFA.com)


There were however notable absentees as Arsene Wenger, Antonio Conte and Pep Guardiola did not attend the conference.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin also hosted a slew of with former players including Peter Schmeichel and Xabi Alonso to discuss issues affecting today's stars.

A  wide range of topics including competition rules, laws of the game, football promotion, education and post-football activities were also discussed.

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