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Jose Mourinho: 'Nuno Espirito Santo deserves his chance in Premier League'

Mourinho: 'Nuno deserves chance in PL'
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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says that Wolverhampton Wanderers counterpart Nuno Espirito Santo deserves his chance to manage in the Premier League.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has said that Wolverhampton Wanderers counterpart Nuno Espirito Santo has "earned the right" to manage in the Premier League.

Nuno enjoyed spells with Rio Ave, Valencia and Porto before being appointed as the new head coach of the West Midlands outfit last year, and the Portuguese has quickly established Wolves in England's top flight after winning the Championship title during the most recent campaign.

The 44-year-old featured under Mourinho at Porto during his playing days, and his former manager has praised the path that the ex-goalkeeper has taken on the way to arriving in England.

At a press conference, Mourinho told reporters: "When they are players, you always have players you have a little bit of a feeling they can become managers, but I don't think even then think about it, that team at Porto.

"I would say 75% of them are now managers, Nuno reaches the Premier League level and reached it be his own merit and credit. He didn't come direct to the Premier League, he came to the Championship, so he earned the right to be a Premier League manager and fantastic work, the result speaks by itself."

United play host to Wolves at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1613303462842
2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton166642319424
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
12Watford166372023-321
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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