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Mourinho backs Leicester boss Ranieri

2017-02-06 16:23
Claudio Ranieri (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has voiced his support for under-fire Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri, after their sides met on Sunday.

The Red Devils made quick work of the defending Premier League champions, thrashing the Foxes 3-0 at King Power Stadium.

The defeat put Leicester within only one point of the relegation zone, but Mourinho has come to the defence of Ranieri, insisting that the experienced manager will lead his side to safety.

"He is the FIFA coach of the year - that is deserved," Mourinho told Sky Sports.

"His work will be in the history of football for many years.

"People will remember him and Leicester, and that deserves respect. It doesn't matter if this season is difficult for them.

"Champions League is new for them. It is difficult. I am sure they are going to get enough points to get stability."

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