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Big Ron: Mourinho right man for Man Utd, but...

Former Manchester United boss Ron Atkinson insists Jose Mourinho is the right man in charge.

Atkinson, still affectionately known throughout the game as 'Big Ron', sat in the hot-seat for five years in the 80s, sprink­ling his own unique brand of stardust over a club that had been in the doldrums.

And while he says Jose Mourinho is the one to follow in his footsteps, he does so with a short-term warning.

“They've got the right man," he told the Mirror, “but it's not been the best of weeks for him.

“There has been two below-par performances – put into focus by two very professional and exciting displays by Manchester City.

“And today against Watford is one of those where, I wouldn't say it's a 'must-win', but it's one where he could do with a result more than a performance. It is a crunch game.

“Three defeats in a week does not go down well with Manchester United fans.

“There is an expectation level. Defeat today will wipe the smile off people's faces."

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