Liverpool star Mo Salah has received unlikely support from Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho ahead of his World Cup bow on Tuesday night.
Having missed Egypt’s defeat to Uruguay through injury, the Egyptian will face hosts Russia looking to inspire his side to get one over the hosts.
And, as reported by our friends at the Liverpool Echo, the 26-year-old has been backed by his former Chelsea boss Mourinho ahead of the game.
Salah is expected to be back in action against Russia, who defeated Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening match of the competition last Thursday.
And Mourinho told Russia Today: “Egypt has, I don’t want to say the fastest, but I have to say, one of the fastest players in the world.
“With the ball, without the ball, he can dribble, he can attack spaces behind defenders.
“Because of this, I think Russia have to drop the block back.
“They have to react better when they lose the ball because they conceded a little bit against a very naïve team, a team without any physical power and Egypt can hurt them.”
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Mourinho of course was Chelsea manager when Salah first came to the Premier League in January 2014 – rejecting an approach from Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool.
However, after making just 19 appearances for the Londoners, scoring two goals, he was sent out to Italy on loan, initially to Fiorentina then Roma, before joining the Reds ahead of the 2017/18 season and netting 44 goals in all competitions.