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The Frenchman made 279 league appearances for Arsenal under Arsene Wenger and also had a spell working with Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan.
Vieira has experienced both managerial styles, learning from Mourinho’s tactical guile to Wenger’s ‘total football’ philosophy.
At 41 years of age, Vieira is now manager of New York City and has been at the MLS outfit since January 2016.
And when asked whether he would prefer his team to be more like Wenger or Mourinho’s, the former midfielder struggled to choose one over the other.
“Would I like my team to be more like a Jose or an Arsene team? I would like to be the balance of both,” he told the Daily Mail.
“I would like my teams to have the discipline that Jose has but also allow players to express themselves into that discipline like Arsene.
“Arsene always gives freedom to his players. To have that freedom is good but if you can get them to respect the tactical aspect of the game it will be even better.
“When you talk about Jose who I had at Inter Milan, he was always focused on the details, giving players information that allows them to go on the field and respect the tactical game
“Then you have Arsene who is always positive and always giving confidence to the players no matter what.
“Fabio Capello could be really tough on players. Roberto Mancini would work on tactical work for an hour and a half because the tactical game was important for him.
“So I take a little bit from everybody and try to use it with how I see the game and how I am as person as well.”
And it seems to be working for Vieira with New York City second in the Eastern Conference, nine points behind leaders Toronto FC.