Dejan Stankovic has backed Jose Mourinho to succeed at Manchester United

by Tanveer Arayan

Former Inter Milan and Serbia midfielder Dejan Stankovic has backed Jose Mourinho to succeed at Manchester United, labelling the Portuguese as “special”.

Mourinho has recently attracted criticism from all corners from the footballing world for only managing draws at home to West Bromwich Albion and Everton, leaving Man United outside the top four ahead of a tricky run of games.

He has, however, engendered a positive attacking approach this season, claimed the League Cup and will secure a place in the Europa League semi-final with a win over Anderlecht this month.

And Stankovic, who won the Champions League under Mourinho, told Omnisport that the 54-year-old would continue to take his side in the right direction at Old Trafford.

“I am sure he can, and will [win the Premier League],” he said. “He drives on success and he definitely will not settle for partial success, especially in a club with tradition such as United.

“Expect success because it is simply Mourinho.

“It is really hard to say [what separates Mourinho from other coaches], since it is difficult to choose only one thing. There are many good things that make him special.

“He is fully dedicated to his work. He is focused on football and tactics. He knows how to bring out the best from a team in a physical and mental sense and makes good relations with players. Mourinho is simply special.”

Stankovic can tell you from first hand experience that, when it comes to dominating the European scene, there aren’t many better than Mourinho. And if you ignore the fact that, for the 785th week in a row, United are in sixth spot and have less goals at home in the Premier League than Hull and focus solely on their European exploits this season, you can hardly fault the Special One for the way he has orchestrated his side’s march to the quarter finals.

They are yet to concede a goal at home in Europe, scoring 13 of their own in the process. And more importantly, perhaps, they have only improved since that 1-0 loss in Rotterdam back in September, and will be rightly regarded as favourites to emerge victorious in Stockholm in May.

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