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Rio backs Jose to be Red success


Rio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has welcomed the appointment of "true winner" Jose Mourinho as manager at Old Trafford, saying the Portuguese's latest challenge will be his most exciting.

Ferdinand, who won six Premier League trophies with the club, said Mourinho would have to teach the team how to start winning again after the club missed out on Champions League football for the second time in three years.

"This is Jose Mourinho's most exciting and most challenging job yet," he said. "The first thing he needs to do is instil a 'winning mentality' back into the club. One thing I can tell Manchester United fans is that they have got themselves a true winner in all aspects. His CV shows success."

Ferdinand added that Mourinho would be motivated by the desire to prove his critics wrong after a disappointing title defence with Chelsea that led to him being sacked in December.