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That’s the view of Argentina legend Diego Maradona, who believes Mourinho is better than Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.
It comes despite the Spaniard getting the better of the United boss when City beat them 3-1 on Sunday.
Guardiola’s City outclassed the Red Devils with a fluent passing style as the hosts dominated at the Etihad.
Guardiola is widely regarded as the best coach in world football having also managed Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
He has taken the same possession-based tactic to every club and been widely successful.
Guardiola has won the domestic league in every country as manager while also helping Barcelona to two Champions League titles.
Mourinho has also won a number of titles, leading Porto and Inter Milan to the Champions League while winning La Liga and three Premier Leagues with Real Madrid and Chelsea respectively.
The Portuguese has struggled at United though has won the EFL Cup and Europa League.
And Maradona believes Mourinho is head and shoulders above the rest.
“Myself as a coach I need to learn a lot and for that reason I think I will go to Manchester and Mourinho to ask him a lot of things,” Maradona told Marca.
“Because he is the best without doubt.
“For me yes [he is better than Pep], Mou is the best.
“I would give Pep the merit of taking advantage of the launch that Johan Cruyff gave him.
“I have said on more than one occasion that tiki-taka was not invented by Guardiola. It was ‘flaco’ Cruyff.
“At the moment Pep is able to choose any player in the world that he wants. That way tiki-taka is easier.”
Pundit Danny Murphy believes Manchester United would shine under Guardiola.
“Would Pep Guardiola have that United side doing better than they’re doing at the moment? I think yes,” Murphy told talkSPORT.
“What you could argue is Mourinho and Guardiola have won very similar trophies along the way – Mourinho has done it at different clubs.
“So you could put an argument across that Mourinho has done more as a manager; he’s done it at Porto where winning the Champions League was nothing short of phenomenal.
“You can put an argument across all you want, but if you’re talking about Man United specifically, I think if Pep Guardiola had been in charge of Manchester United for as long as Mourinho had, they would be playing better football and winning more football matches.”