Jose Mourinho has been tipped to return the confidence back to Manchester United by former Chelsea midfielder Deco.

The general consensus around Old Trafford is that the under-pressure Louis van Gaal will be relieved of his position and replaced by the unemployed Portuguese, who has been without work since his dismissal by the Blues in December. After enduring a dismal start to their title defence – losing nine of their opening 16 Premier League matches, he was sacked for the second time.

Having spent the early part of his career under the tutelage of his fellow countryman, Deco was an integral member of the Porto side that saw off Celtic to win the UEFA Cup in 2003 and the pair were again instrumental the following season, bringing the Champions League back to Portugal.

Mourinho kisses the Champions League after leading the Portuguese side to a 3-0 win over Monaco

After spending time in Italy, Mourinho was soon off to Singapore to complete commitments and despite continued talk of his imminent arrival in the summer, the 53-year-old was uncharacteristically reserved, playing down talk of a comeback before the end of May.

‘I always feel that it’s better to wait, not to rush, better to be calm, to wait for the right moment, the right move,’ Mourinho said. ‘I feel that starting the next season with a new club and project is probably the best thing for me.

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‘It’s quite a funny career. I am the English champion, and I still have no job.

‘I read so many different things. One day it says I go to China, another day it says I go to Italy, and people say I’m back to Inter Milan. I’m here – probably, you are saying I will to the Singapore national team.

‘But the reality is I have no job, and at the moment I’m happy not to have a job.’

Despite his notoriety for short spells with a club then leaving – his longest stint was three years at Real Madrid in 2010, Mourinho has always guaranteed trophies in abundance.

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