Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri believes Manchester United have now gotten the perfect replacement for legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson in Jose Mourinho.
United have suffered from inconsistent results on the pitch since the retirement of Ferguson, who left in 2013 and was replaced by David Moyes.
The Scot was fired before the end of his first campaign and even though Ryan Giggs took over until the end of the season, Louis Van Gaal was employed ahead of the start of the following season.
The Dutchman however also endured an inconsistent run, and was sacked only days after winning the FA Cup despite having one year left on his contract.
And Ranieri, who led surprise-package Leicester to the title last season, says United can now get in Mourinho, what they have lacked since Ferguson’s retirement.
“Mourinho can become the new Ferguson,” Ranieri told Gazzetta dello Sport in his native Italy.
“He will not stay in Manchester for 26 years, but he will make his mark.”
Interestingly, it was Mourinho who replaced Ranieri when he was fired at the end of the 2003/04 season.
And it was against Ranieri’s Leicester that Chelsea lost before Mourinho was fired as the Chelsea manager last December.
To make it even more interesting, Mourinho’s first official game in charge of Manchester United will be the Community Shield match against Ranieri’s Leicester at Wembley on August 7.