In a recent interview with United YouTube fan channel Full Time Devils, the legendary striker admitted that he would love to see Paris Saint-Germain's Javier Pastore at Old Trafford.
But if he needed cheering up, Ferguson would only have to think back to perhaps his greatest ever signing, the £1.2million he paid Leeds United for Eric Cantona on November 24, 1992.
"I am not sure that I would say yes, but we can speak".
"Even before he arrived and managed United, I really loved Mourinho".
"Manchester United is very special".
"United are my club". The 26-year-old attacker had also said that chances of him joining Manchester United back in summer was "six out of 10". But let's focus on Brighton, ninth in the table, good team, hard to beat, don't concede many goals, have a mix of physicality, aggression, quality, creativity. I love the way he played.
Now Cantona has joined the debate, as he offered words of praise and criticism for Mourinho.
"I am sure he will win".
"But me, if I want to watch a game today, of course, I follow Manchester United because it is my club, but I prefer more creative games like Barcelona".
"But I do love Mourinho and he can win things and he will win things, which is very important".
Mourinho has been criticised on a number of occasions this season for playing defensively with some pundits accusing the manager of "parking the bus" during games.
Cantona has been accused of "parking the bus" against the better teams they have faced this season, though this hasn't stopped them climbing to second in the Premier League table - behind only Manchester rivals City.