Photo: Defender sends message to Man United manager Jose Mourinho on Instagram

West Ham defender Alvaro Arbeloa has sent a birthday message to Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho

Alvaro Arbeloa has sent a birthday message to Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.

The Red Devils boss celebrated his 54th birthday on Thursday ahead of the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final at the KCOM Stadium.

The Manchester United manager has enjoyed a good run in all competitions over the past couple of months after going 17 games unbeaten.

That sequence of results included a staggering three wins against Arbeloa and his West Ham United team-mates in the Premier League and the EFL Cup.

Arbeloa played under Mourinho during the manager’s three-year spell in charge of Real Madrid before the head coach return to Chelsea in 2013.

The West Ham defender posted the above photo on his Instagram page from his time at Madrid with Mourinho, Xabi Alonso and Iker Casillas.

Arbeloa wrote on the photo-sharing app:

“Parabens, @josemourinho! 🎂”

Manchester United are in sixth place in the Premier League table and 14 points adrift of current leaders Chelsea.

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The Red Devils won the FA Cup at Wembley under Louis van Gaal last season.

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