David de Gea says Manchester United have “missed a manager like” Jose Mourinho, and has aimed a dig at his predecessor, Louis van Gaal.
Mourinho was appointed United manager on a three-year deal in May, replacing Van Gaal in the hot seat.
The Dutchman had struggled to impress during the two years of his planned three-year spell as boss, securing Champions League football in his first season, but failing to qualify for Europe’s elite competition in his second.
Van Gaal won the FA Cup in his final game as manager before being removed by United and replaced quickly by former Chelsea boss Mourinho.
Discussing the managerial situation with Cadena Ser, De Gea intimated that Mourinho will bring something the club have lacked previously: “the personality and mindset of a winner”.
“I came to United to win trophies,” De Gea said. “It is true these last two years we have not been at the level the club deserves.
“We hope that Mourinho, with his will to win, will make sure United to return to the top.
“I have not spoken with Mourinho and not asked team-mates about him. I think we already know him.
“At United we’ve missed a manager like Mourinho. With the personality and mindset of a winner. Getting him was right.”