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Mourinho better than Ferguson and Guardiola, say fans

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Jose Mourinho has often been keen to extol his own virtues over the course of his managerial career, and the results of the latest GMF poll will make satisfying reading for the Real Madrid boss.

According to almost 95,000 football fans, Mourinho is a superior manager to any of his counterparts, triumphing by some distance over the likes of Pep Guardiola and Sir Alex Ferguson.

Mourinho won 43 percent of the vote when fans were asked 'who is the best manager in the world?' while Guardiola finished in a distant second place, with just over half the support of his former rival.

The ex-Barcelona manager garnered 22 percent of the vote, while Ferguson came only third in the poll with a total of 17 percent, perhaps an unfair return for 25 years of unprecedented success at Old Trafford.

But success is not always an accurate representation of talent - or so this poll would seem to suggest - with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger taking 16 percent of the public vote.

Wenger's skills as a tactician are undoubted, but he has failed to bring any silverware to north London for seven years, although this does not appear to have diminished the Frenchman's star among football fans.

Roberto Mancini, meanwhile, hardly made a ripple with only two percent of voters believing he is worthy to claim the title of the best manager in the world.

The Manchester City boss will meet Mourinho next week when the Italian takes his side to the Santiago Bernabeu, and could enhance his credentials with a famous win in Spain.

Mourinho, meanwhile, may already have two Champions League titles among his many achievements, but knows his job will not be done in Madrid until Los Blancos win the competition for a tenth time.

Real begin the European campaign as second favourites to win the crown, and perhaps there will be even less doubt about Mourinho's position as the world's best should he lift the famous trophy once again.

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