Jose Mourinho’s appointment at Manchester United hasn’t been confirmed yet but - with the odds of his arrival increasing each day - Deco has envisaged how the Red Devils will fare when the Portuguese arrives at Old Trafford.
Mourinho is a strong favourite to replace the hapless Louis van Gaal - although United are yet to pull the trigger on the Dutchman despite the former Chelsea manager’s availability - and Deco, who played under Mourinho at Porto, reckons the controversial coach is the right man to restore United’s elite status.
“United need to be back at a high level and Mourinho is the man to do that,” the former Portugal international told Squawka.
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He continued: “He will bring their confidence again, for the players, for the fans, for the people. You cannot win something without it.
“He will change them a lot.”
The sky is the limit for United under Mourinho, then. All they need to do is appoint the man.
Yet that might not happen until the summer. The 53-year-old admitted that he doesn’t fancy taking over at a club mid-season, instead preferring to join in the summer.
He said, as per the Mirror:“I always feel that it is better to wait and not to rush. It is better to wait for the right moment and the right move.
“I think starting next season with a new club and project is probably the best for me.”
Pros and cons to Mourinho
There are positives and negatives to Mourinho joining after the season as opposed to right now.
On the one hand, United’s pursuit of the FA Cup and Europa League isn’t disrupted by sticking with Van Gaal. Success in the European competition is the Red Devils’ best shot at playing in next season’s Champions League considering they are six points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City in the Premier League.
On the other, Mourinho’s philosophy is more likely to be instilled in United’s players the sooner he arrives. The European Championships awaits for many United players in June and the Portuguese won’t meet with his players until late in the summer.
United fans probably aren’t too fussed when Mourinho arrives, just so long as they get their guy. Van Gaal has overseen a miserable season and the club's Premier League hunt was effectively ended in December.
Under Sir Alex Ferguson, the Red Devils were renowned for a relentless style of attacking football that suffocated opposing teams. Now, United are dull and insipid, and Van Gaal is to blame.
Even if Mourinho doesn’t turn their fortunes around, he will certainly make them a more attractive club. The former Chelsea boss makes headlines - both positive and negative - with every move he makes, and though his style at the Blues was hardly entertaining, he will make United relevant once again.
It’s been three years since they’ve been called that.