Manchester United legend David Beckham thinks the appointment of Jose Mourinho will bring success back to Old Trafford.
Having won just one major trophy since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013, an FA Cup triumph last season, the reds have fallen behind the other top Premier League sides and have qualified for Champions League football just once in the past three seasons.
But with the self-proclaimed “special one” now at the helm, Beckham believes that the reds will soon again be lifting trophies at the end of their campaigns.
The former United number seven told Sky Sports: “I fully expect it to work, for me it’s a great move.
“I had huge respect for Louis Van Gaal (United’s former boss) but it did not work out the way people expected. It is a new start for United.”
Fear factor to return
Beckham, who made 394 appearances for the club before moving to Real Madrid in 2003, enjoyed major success at Old Trafford under Ferguson, including six league titles and a Champions League winners medal.
The 41-year-old now believes that with Mourinho in charge, a proven winner, a fear factor will be reinstalled in other teams as they visit Manchester knowing that taking a result away from Old Trafford will be no easy task.
He continued: “They need to get back to being feared again.”
“We were always a club- and are still a club- that when teams come to Old Trafford, they know they are going to be up against it and they know they are probably going to lose. That is what we need to get back to.”
Galatasaray next on United' agenda
The reds are currently in China on their pre-season tour, where Mourinho is fine tuning his squad in preparation for the new season, as they look to get back to the top of the Premier League.
With a 4-1 defeat against Borussia Dortmund a setback for the reds they were due to face Manchester City in Beijing in another warm up match, but due to adverse weather conditions and a poor playing surface the match was cancelled.
The red devils will now face Galatasaray in Sweden this weekend.