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Jose Mourinho (left) and Benni McCarthy (right) won the Portuguese league twice and the Champions League while at Porto

Jose Mourinho is the “perfect man” to help Manchester United compete with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City next season, according to former Porto striker Benni McCarthy.

The BBC has learned ex-Chelsea boss Mourinho, 53, could replace Louis van Gaal as United manager this summer.

McCarthy, 38, played under Mourinho during the Portuguese’s time at Porto.

“Mourinho is one of those people who knows how to beat Guardiola’s tactics,” he told BBC Sport.

“When he was at Real Madrid, he beat him a couple of times. At Inter Milan, he also had success against him.

“At the moment, I can’t see anyone taking on Pep and his tactics at Manchester City but with Mourinho at United, he would have the resources, the players and the financial backing to beat Guardiola.”

Former Barcelona coach Guardiola, now in charge of Bayern Munich, will succeed Manuel Pellegrini as City manager in the summer.

‘Mourinho is not damaged goods’

Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola have faced each other 16 times as managers, drawing five of them

Mourinho’s second spell as Chelsea boss ended in December, when he was sacked after losing nine of the season’s first 16 league games.

His departure came just seven months after he had won his third Premier League title with the Blues, the first two of which came during his first spell at the club – from 2004-2007.

Mourinho fell out with the Blues’ medical team, in particular club doctor Eva Carneiro, after describing them as “naive” for running on to the pitch to treat midfielder Eden Hazard during a draw against Swansea in August.

McCarthy, who won consecutive Portuguese titles and the Champions League at Porto, said suggestions his former boss is “damaged goods”