The reforms made to the Africa Cup of Nations have received the backing of Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) last week approved a 24-team format, and a June/July period beginning from the 2019 edition that will be hosted by Cameroon.

Before the recent decision, 16 countries have been competing in the bi-annual event that holds from January to February.

Mourinho said the decision is simply perfect.

"If that's the change it's perfect for us obviously," he said. "Because it's hard in the middle of the season to lose players like we do ... It's not good for the clubs, it's not good for the competition, it's not good for the players."

Mourinho was forced to do without the services of Eric Bailly halfway through the 2016-17 season when the defender departed to represent Ivory Coast in the tournament.

"So if we can do that, if we manage to move the Africa Cup during the European break it's a fantastic change," Mourinho said.

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