LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21: Jose Mourinho the manager of Chelsea sends on Didier Drogba of Chelsea as a second half substitiute during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Burnley at Stamford Bridge on February 21, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Didier Drogba is certain that Jose Mourinho remains one of the best managers around and hopes he gets a deserved chance to rebuild his reputation.

The Portuguese coach was given his marching orders at Manchester United in December following a disastrous start to the season, as well as some very public disputes with star players like Paul Pogba.

Aside from that, Mourinho was frequently criticised for his rather negative style of football at Old Trafford which restricted the United squad up front with rumours even suggesting that even his own players began to question his tactics.

In comparison, Mourinho’s replacement Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won 14 of his opening 18 games in charge and has brought United right back into the thick of the top-four race in the Premier League.

The Norwegian is currently in the dugout until June on an interim basis, but is being heavily tipped by the likes of former United team-mate Gary Neville to get the nod for the permanent managerial job this summer.

However, Mourinho himself has announced plans to return to management in the summer and has been strongly linked with returns to both Real Madrid and Inter Milan.

And Drogba is certain his former Chelsea boss deserves another shot after his “unfortunate” saga at United.

“I think Jose is a great manager,” Drogba told SportsMax.

“I think he deserves the chance to manage again and I think he will. He is passionate about his job.

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“You know, it’s unfortunate what happened with Man United, but he still has the quality to manage a team.

“We know he did it many times and people forget that the year before, he won the Europa League with this team and suddenly everyone says he is done.”

Drogba played as a striker for Chelsea in two separate spells, where he won four Premier Leagues and FA Cups along with three EFL Cups and the Champions League.

The Ivorian, who celebrates his 41st birthday today, managed 73 goals and 39 assists in 186 appearances under Mourinho at Chelsea.