Former FC Porto striker Benni McCarthy believes Jose Mourinho is the “perfect man” to help Manchester United compete with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City next season.
Media reports have it that the ex-Chelsea boss is in talks to replace Louis van Gaal as United manager this summer. Former Barcelona coach Guardiola, now in charge of Bayern Munich, will succeed Manuel Pellegrini as City manager in the summer.
And McCarthy who played under Mourinho during the Portuguese’s successful time at Porto is confident his former boss can turn things around at Old Trafford and give Manchester City’s new manager Guardiola a good race for the EPL title next season.
“Mourinho is one of those people who knows how to beat Guardiola’s tactics. When he was at Real Madrid, he beat him a couple of times. At Inter Milan, he also had success against him.
“At the moment, I can’t see anyone taking on Pep and his tactics at Manchester City. But Mourinho at United, he would have the resources, the players and the financial backing to beat Guardiola. Everywhere he has gone, he has been successful.
“The fans, the media, the people don’t know what went on behind closed doors at Chelsea and what caused the problems they had when he was in charge. I certainly don’t think that experience makes him a bad manager.
“The problems he has had of late seem to be due to personality clashes. When you want more from your players and they think they can’t give you more, it results in a clash and players don’t play to the best of their ability.” The former South Africa international stated
McCarthy who won consecutive Portuguese titles as well as the Champions League at Porto also added that suggestions his former boss is “damaged goods” are “majorly unfair”.
The South African legend who was last contracted to Orlando Pirates in South Africa holds the record of international goals for a South African. He is Bafana Bafana’s all-time top-scorer with 32 goals.