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Pele 'loves' new Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho

Pele has said that he "loves" Jose Mourinho as a coach, but believes that the new Manchester United manager needs the right players to succeed.

Pele, who played for Brazil in three of their World Cup-winning campaigns, wished the Portuguese good luck in his new role.

Mourinho was appointed by United on May 27 and will take charge of preseason training from July 7.

Pele, 75, told Sky Sports: "He's a good coach. I love him. When you have a good coach, normally it's possible to make a good team, but to win you need to have good players. The coach doesn't win the game. They can prepare the team. I wish good luck for him."

The Brazilian legend became the youngest scorer in a World Cup final in 1958, aged 17 years and 249 days, as he netted twice in a 5-2 win over Sweden.

He wished luck to United striker Marcus Rashford, who became the youngest player ever to score on England debut, aged 18 years and 208 days, when he netted in a 2-1 win over Australia.

Pele said: "He is almost the same age as I was. I was a little bit younger than him and it was a surprise to me. I wish him the same luck that I had."

The former Santos forward added that he believes Lionel Messi is the best player in the world, ahead of former United player Cristiano Ronaldo.

He said: "Messi is a player I have followed for almost 10 years and he is at the same level. Of course Ronaldo is the best scorer. They are different. One is an attacker and Messi is more of a midfielder, but I prefer Messi. I think Messi is more stable."

Arindam is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @ARejSport.

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