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Jose Mourinho helped turn Didier Drogba into a prolific striker in the Premier League.

Didier Drogba responds to claims Jose Mourinho is past his best

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Jose Mourinho has never finished a full campaign, with any of the clubs he has managed, outside of the top three.

So the fact that Manchester United currently sit sixth in the Premier League table, six points short of the top four and eight adrift table toppers Liverpool, will be of some concern to the Portuguese.

After a winning start to the campaign, which was halted with a home defeat to local rivals Manchester City in early September, Mourinho's side have struggled to put together the consistency that will help to return the club to its former glory days.

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Mourinho is the third manager in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era. But while he may have won a trophy in his first game in charge - a 2-1 Community Shield victory over Premier League champions Leicester City - a season without a top-four finish or silverware will be met with a disgruntled reception.

However, Didier Drogba - who worked with the United boss during his time at Chelsea - has backed his former boss to get the Red Devils seriously competing for silverware again, given the patience of both the fans and the club's bosses.

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And the 38-year-old, who is now in the MLS with Montreal Impact, has dismissed suggestions that the 53-year-old has lost his special touch that made him a big success, particularly with Porto and Chelsea.

Mourinho not past it

As per Goal, Drogba said: “He’s not a has-been.

“I think that it’s a very big challenge for him. I think he has to take some time to build a team.”

While the former Ivory Coast international wants time on Mourinho's side; history may suggest he will not get it - having never lasted more than three years in charge of any of the previous six clubs he has managed.

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The Portuguese went on a spending spree in the summer, securing the world-record £89 million signing of Paul Pogba, along with the arrivals of out-of-favour Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic arrived on a free.

Red Devils craving consistency

But it is a growing concern for United that Mourinho is struggling to get the consistency from a group of players that, on paper, should be pushing for top spot rather than chasing a Champions League position.

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Drogba, though, knows too well of Mourinho's ability to get the best from his players - with the Portuguese having helped to turn the former Chelsea striker into a global superstar. And United fans will be desperate to see Mourinho finally get the best out of Pogba and co. also.

The Ivorian won the Champions League, four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and the Community Shield twice over two spells at Stamford Bridge. And now time will tell whether Mourinho can reinstall that winning mentality which has largely eluded Old Trafford in recent years.

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