David Beckham has explained why Jose Mourinho must return to the Premier League as soon as possible, saying a manager of his quality belongs in the world's finest football competition.
Mourinho has been out of the game since December after being dismissed from his role at Chelsea. Having sailed to a fourth Premier League title last season, the Blues found themselves in a potential relegation battle and Roman Abramovich reluctantly terminated Mourinho's contract for a second time in his Stamford Bridge reign.
Despite a poor showing at Chelsea, Mourinho has been heavily tipped to return to the Premier League with Manchester United. Louis van Gaal is believed to be facing the sack if the Red Devils fail to qualify for the Champions League and the Special One appears to have some form of agreement to take over.
Regardless of who he manages next, former Manchester United and England midfielder Beckham believes Mourinho belongs in the Premier League and hopes to see him back in the dugout in the near future.
He told talkSPORT: "Jose leaving Chelsea, who would have expected that after the season they had last year? It doesn’t make him a bad manager. He is still one of the best managers and I hope he comes back to the Premier League as soon as possible.
“The Premier League is the Premier League for the great players we bring in, the great teams, the money, the fans and the great characters that we have as managers. You want to see managers like that in the game. “
Talking Louis van Gaal
But Beckham stopped short of saying he would like to see Mourinho at Old Trafford, even though it is hard to envisage the two-time Champions League winner going anywhere else. Instead, Beckham gave Van Gaal a vote of confidence, saying the Dutchman still has every chance of turning it around.
He claims managing a club of Manchester United's size was never going to be easy and says he has only ever heard nice things said about Van Gaal.
"He is an experienced manager with a great reputation in the game," he said. "Sometimes it takes time. It is not easy being the manager of Man United.
"We have to look at results, we have to look at the way we play, we have to listen to fans - the people that really matter at the club - and I only hear great things about him as a person, as a manager, as a coach.
"I have met him once before and he treated me unbelievably well. He is the manager of Manchester United so there is always going to be criticism, but at the end of the season let's see what happens."