IBTimes UK

Manchester United legend David Beckham is hoping sacked Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho could return to the Premier League as soon as possible.

The Portuguese tactician was relieved from his last job at Stamford Bridge in December and is without a job since then. He has been linked with the Old Trafford job and former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp claims Mourinho's move to United is a "done deal."

Mourinho had a difficult start to the 2015-16 season and was sacked just months after helping Chelsea win the Premier League title last May. Beckham claims it will be unfair to question the former Real Madrid manager's capabilities just on the west London club's performance this season.

"Jose leaving Chelsea, who would have expected that after the season they had last year? It doesn't make him a bad manager," Beckham told talkSPORT. "He is still one of the best managers and I hope he comes back to the Premier League as soon as possible."

"The Premier League is the Premier League for the great players we bring in, the great teams, the money, the fans and the great characters that we have as managers. You want to see managers like that in the game. "

Beckham's former club United are no longer the biggest club in England following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement in May 2013 as they sit out of top four and have had a disappointing season. The ex-midfielder claims the Red Devils' slump was inevitable after the Scot's decision to step down from his managerial post.

"As a Man United fan, I always hoped we wouldn't go through a slump, but it was inevitable," the former England international explained.

"When the manager left that was always going to be a massive thing, but you also lost players like Keaney, like Scholesy - and Giggsy has stopped playing. You have lost such great characters through the team. And David Gill stepped away from Manchester United. They are all integral parts of the club.

"We have had so much success over the last twenty years that if we don't win something for one season or two seasons people talk about it being a crisis.

"Man United is Man United. It doesn't matter if you love them or hate them, they are one of the biggest, if not the biggest, club in the world and you have to keep that reputation. The only way you can keep that reputation is by winning trophies."