Jose Mourinho will have learnt from the mistakes he made during his second spell at Chelsea, according to former England U21 manager Peter Taylor.
Sky sources understand Mourinho is set to replace Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager, with his agent Jorge Mendes due to fly into Manchester on Tuesday for talks.
The 53-year-old has been out of work since being sacked by Chelsea last December after overseeing the Blues' worst start to a Premier League season, just months after leading them to the title.
Mourinho, who won two Premier League titles during his first spell at Stamford Bridge between 2004 and 2007, was dismissed amid rumblings of player unrest at the club.
And Taylor believes the Portuguese will be well aware of the importance of keeping the United squad on his side.
"I think even the Special One would learn from his last club and last situation," he told Sky Sports News HQ.
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"It's obvious he upset a few too many star players there. I think a lot of the Chelsea players were to blame.
"In the end the Chelsea management decided to change the management and not all the players. The players are very powerful these days and you have to keep in with them."
Mourinho is set to inherit a United side that secured FA Cup success on Saturday by defeating Crystal Palace 2-1 at Wembley.
Van Gaal has been heavily criticised this season for a perceived negative approach and Taylor believes Mourinho may have to adapt his own style to appease the United fans.
"He's one of the best managers in the world. But whether his style matches Manchester United's style, I am not 100 per cent sure," he added.
"He might have to change on that, I am sure the people if they interview him they will tell him how they want him to do it.
"When he was in his second season at Real Madrid, some of the attacking play they produced then was absolutely outstanding. That's the type of play that Man United are expecting."