Drogba backs Mou

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DI­DIER DROGBA has de­fended for­mer boss Jose Mour­inho against claims the Manch­ester United man­ager has lost his touch.

“He’s not a has-been,” Drogba told RTL. “I think that it’s a very big chal­lenge for him. I think he has to take some time to build a team.”

Drogba, 38, forged a strong re­la­tion­ship with Mour­inho, 53, when the pair worked to­gether at Chelsea be­tween 2004 and 2007, bring­ing two Premier League ti­tles to Stam­ford Bridge.

Mour­inho even brought the striker back to west Lon­don for the 2014-15 cam­paign to win an­other topflight crown be­fore Drogba de­parted for MLS fran­chise Mon­treal Im­pact.

Last sea­son, how­ever, Mour­inho was sacked by the Blues, and though he has since taken over at United, he has strug­gled to main­tain con­sis­tency with last week­end’s vic­tory over Swansea City his team’s first in four Premier League out­ings.

That dis­ap­point­ing run in­cluded a 4-0 de­feat at Chelsea, and United headed into the in­ter­na­tional break in sixth place, six points be­hind Arse­nal — their next Premier League op­po­nents — in fourth.

Gareth South­gate

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