Chelsea skipper John Terry has backed new Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho to succeed at Old Trafford and described the Portuguese as the ‘best manager’ he has ever played under.
Terry looked set to depart Stamford Bridge only a month ago but will now be preparing to face his former manager after accepting a one-year contract extension with the Blues.
After a protracted saga, Mourinho has replaced Louis van Gaal as United’s manager and Terry believes the Red Devils have appointed the right man to bring success back to Old Trafford.
“It’s fantastic news for Manchester United,” Terry was quoted by SkySports, speaking at a dinner on Sunday.
“I’m sure that United’s fans and players will be delighted with that because, as I’ve said many times before, he’s the best manager I’ve worked under.
“It was unfortunate the way it ended at Chelsea this year but I wish him well because he’s also a great man. He’ll be great for Manchester United, I’m sure.
“The weather is slightly different maybe… but it’s a fantastic place to be and I’m sure he’ll settle in well with the likes of Ryan Giggs – hopefully he’ll stay and support him as well.”
Terry admits that he will find it unusual lining up against his former manager but expects the Portuguese to receive a warm welcome when he returns to Stamford Bridge.
“It’ll feel very different,” said Terry. “I’ve come up against Jose for various teams before so it will be interesting.
“He’ll get a great reception when he comes back to Stamford Bridge, for sure. First and foremost we have to look at ourselves this year and fight for the title.”
Chelsea will also have a new face in charge for next season after Antonio Conte was appointed Mourinho’s successor earlier this year.