Former Barcelona midfielder Deco believes Jose Mourinho will bring confidence back to Manchester United if, as is expected, the two-time Champions League-winning manager replaces Louis van Gaal in the summer.
Mourinho has been unemployed since December, having been sacked by Chelsea following nine defeats from their opening 16 Premier League games. This poor run followed a title success last May as he won his third Premier League title, but he has been touted as the next manager at Old Trafford since.
Deco, himself, played for Mourinho earlier on in his career with Porto as the pair managed to win the Uefa Cup in 2003, which they followed up directly with a Champions League triumph.
Multiple reports indicate Mourinho will take over from Louis van Gaal, who still has a year-and-a-half left to run on his current deal, at United in the summer, an appointment Deco believes would be ideal.
“I think he will change them a lot,” Deco told Squawka. “United need to be back at a high level and Mourinho is the man to do that. He will bring their confidence again, for the players, for the fans, for the people. You cannot win something without it.”
Following Champions League success with Porto, Mourinho moved onto Chelsea while Deco signed for Barcelona and the ex-midfielder still rates his old boss highly.
Van Gaal, meanwhile, has faced regular criticism over the style of play his United have adopted for its lack of entertainment value.
The Dutchman took the club back into Europe’s elite competition this season but a group-stage exit followed and their league form has not been something to celebrate, either, as they sit fifth in the top flight.
Squawka were talking to Deco at Heineken’s #ChampionTheMatch event in Greece.