Rio Ferdinand says 'wounded animal' Jose Mourinho is perfect fit for Manchester United

Ferdinand and Mourinho (Pic: Rio Ferdinand/Facebook)
Ferdinand and Mourinho (Pic: Rio Ferdinand/Facebook)

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes that Jose Mourinho is the ideal solution to the club's current problems.

Ferdinand said in a statement on his official Facebook page: "Congratulations to Jose on being announced manager of the biggest club in the world!

"This is Jose Mourinho's most exciting & most challenging job yet.

"The first thing he needs to do is install 'winning mentality' back into the club. Get this ingredient back into the players but also the people that work inside the club day to day.

"Give them back that belief so it is breathing throughout the club again, which is so important. But doing the above in the Manchester United way is equally as important.

"I have heard many say the 'Mourinho WAY' is not the Manchester United style of playing football.

"However, the Chelsea team that Jose put together first time round when he entered the Premier League played with wingers and hurt teams with quick attacking play. They had the likes of Robben and Duff on the wings who were direct and quick.

"This is a sign he knows how to get a team playing in a way Manchester United fans can look forward to seeing.

"Another doubt I keep hearing and being asked is, will he keep in with the tradition of the club which is bringing through the young players? For the moment, I can't answer this, only time will tell.

"One thing I can tell Manchester United fans is that they have got themselves a true winner in all aspects. His CV shows success!

"After his recent unsuccessful time at Chelsea in the final year, I can assure you this winner is now a wounded animal which makes him such a mouthwatering appointment.

"Jose went from winning the League cup & Premier League to a season of disappointment at Chelsea and I am certain he will want to restore all of that very quickly.

"He will be desperate to silence the media who have been writing and saying negative things about him (he will have stored it all being the competitor he is) and will be as focused as ever.

"Mourinho's huge personality is made for this great club, it's what he has been waiting for. Wishing him all the best!"

The former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan coach Mourinho will take charge at Old Trafford.

The news has been reported by several media outlets, with Sky Sports confirming that the Special One has signed a deal with the Red Devils:

Mourinho's first game in charge is likely to be against Borussia Dortmund in Shanghai on June 22 before facing neighbours Manchester City and their new coach, Pep Guardiola, in Beijing three days later.

Once Louis van Gaal's sacking was confirmed on Monday, it did not seem that there was a possibility of anyone besides Mourinho taking the Old Trafford hotseat.

Some of his former players have already been linked with moves to Manchester, including Chelsea duo Willian and Nemanja Matic as well as Sweden superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

It has been suggested that Mourinho wants to stick to club tradition by inserting former United players into his backroom staff.

Ryan Giggs, who was Louis van Gaal's right-hand man, has also been allegedly offered such a position but seems unlikely to have as pivotal a role in the club in the coming seasons, should he stick around.

Former Red Devils keeper and current club legend Peter Schmeichel believes that Giggs should reject any offer from Mourinho in preference to forging his own managerial path.

One worry for United fans is Dutch football legend Frank de Boer’s suggestion that the Portuguese may be much more similar to Van Gaal than people think.

An official club announcement is expected tomorrow, according to several different reports.