Phil Neville believes that Manchester United will be the favourites for the Premier League title next season under Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho, sacked by Chelsea earlier this term, is widely expected to be named as Louis van Gaal’s successor at Man United this week.
There have been reservations over Mourinho’s character and his tendency to overlook youth but Neville, who won a number of trophies at United during his playing days, backed the Portuguese to bring success back to Old Trafford.
“United had to employ someone with the character, charisma and ability to take on Manchester City and Guardiola because he is one of the best as well,” Neville said.
“Then you have Klopp at Liverpool, Pochettino at Tottenham and Conte at Chelsea. United have probably employed the best manager in the world at getting success.
“It’s a big summer for everyone but United have started the summer with a bang by getting Jose. That will make United title favourites now. You name Jose and it’s a statement that says ‘we want our title back’.
“You can never guarantee success but Jose has a proven record at the highest level of winning titles.”
Mourinho’s reputation took a hit following his disastrous campaign with Chelsea this season but his overall standing in the game remains massive.
He will undoubtedly have a point to prove on his return to management with United and it will be exciting to see which direction he takes the club in.
United should always be looking to win every competition they compete in and Mourinho will bring back a winning mentality to Old Trafford.