Former Jose Mourinho and Chelsea favourite Ricardo Carvalho believes Manchester United have finally replaced Sir Alex Ferguson and has predicted his old boss will take the Red Devils back to the summit of English football.
United's struggles have been well documented since Ferguson's departure three years ago, with last month's FA Cup victory their sole piece of silverware and a rare moment of respite for the Old Trafford faithful.
However it was still not enough to save Louis van Gaal's job and after months of speculation, Mourinho was swiftly brought in - much to the disappointment and frustration for many Chelsea supporters.
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Carvalho was one of those reluctant to see 'The Special One' in the Man United dugout, particularly after how his most recent spell at Stamford Bridge unceremoniously ended.
The Portuguese defender told The Sun: “I played for Chelsea and still have pride in the club, so I didn’t want to see Jose at United. No one at Chelsea did.
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“He is our Special One and I’m sure he will always have pride in Chelsea."
The 38-year-old added: “Jose will have something to prove after what happened at Chelsea.
“He is a coach who always wants to improve and wants to do more and better."
Carvalho played for Mourinho at Porto, Chelsea and Real Madrid - winning an impressive five domestic titles and a Champions League together - so has a better idea than most how his Portuguese compatriot works and expects the new Man United boss to not waste any time delivering success.
“I have no doubt that he can bring trophies back to United again and that he will make them champions.
“I don’t know if it will be in the first year, the second year or the third, but Mourinho will win the title again. My prediction is that it will be in the second year.”
The Monaco centre-back must now turn his attention to Euro 2016 and is expected to make his fifth appearance at a major international tournament - a statistic even more remarkable considering he initially retired from Portugal duty in 2011.
Despite an absence of three years, Carvalho returned to the setup under current manager Fernando Santos in 2014 and has been enjoying a late career renaissance ever since.
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