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Mourinho has some big changes lined up at United.

Pele warns Jose Mourinho that he needs "good players" to succeed at Man Utd

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Jose Mourinho and Manchester United have dominated headlines ever since the Portuguese was announced as manager last week.

Indeed, his arrival was the talk of the town even before it became official, such was the magnitude of his appointment.

Every Tom, Dick and Harry has now had their say on Mourinho replacing Louis van Gaal, but it’s the ex-professionals and pundits’ opinions that really matter.

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Rio Ferdinand, Thierry Henry, Gary Lineker and Paul Scholes have all commented and largely expressed the same thoughts: that the former Chelsea boss will be a success at Old Trafford.

And now, the great Pele has given his view on Mourinho's hiring - by sending a warning to the 53-year-old.

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The Brazil legend told Sky Sports: “He’s a good coach, I love him.

“When you have a good coach, normally it’s possible to make a good team, but to win you need to have good players.

“The coach doesn’t win the game, they can prepare the team. I wish good luck for him.”

In a nutshell, Pele believes that whilst Mourinho is an excellent manager, he must make world-class additions this summer in order to succeed.

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It would seem the Portuguese is prepared to do just that amidst rumours linking him with a wide array of European stars.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic could well be the first to arrive this summer, with the Sweden international’s Paris Saint-Germain contract due to expire in July.

United are desperate for a top-quality striker following a season where they managed a paltry 49 goals in the Premier League, with Ibra’s power, skill and finishing ability exactly what the Red Devils crave.

Elsewhere, Mourinho has reportedly earmarked Roma’s Milarem Pjanic as his top summer target in order to revamp United’s midfield.

The 26-year-old is creative, skilful and deadly from range, and would represent a marked improvement on the likes of Ander Herrara, Michael Carrick and Morgan Schneiderlin.

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Where the defence is concerned, rumours suggest United have contacted Roma about Kostas Manolas as well, with the Greece international available for £30 million.

Chris Smalling and Daley Blind performed admirably as a centre-back partnership last term, but the latter seems to be on his way out of the club, alongside Juan Mata.

Karim Benzema, James Rodriguez, Raphael Varane, Joao Mario and John Stones are also said to be targets for Mourinho, though they’ll each cost in excess of £30 million.

Luckily for United’s boss, he will be armed with a huge war chest this summer as a means of restoring the 20-time league champions to the peak of English football.

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