That’s according to former Liverpool star Jamie Carragher, who offered his opinion in the build-up to United’s 1-0 win over Tottenham.
United made a strong start to the season as they matched Manchester City in the goalscoring and point-collecting stakes.
But they were accused of playing defensive football when they visited Liverpool two weeks ago and then unexpectedly fell to Huddersfield last weekend.
United responded by securing a slender 1-0 win over Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham today, with Mourinho’s decision to bring on Anthony Martial proving to be a masterstroke.
Carragher believes the Spurs showdown and upcoming fixture against Chelsea will prove key to Mourinho’s hopes of securing success in Manchester.
Carragher told The Telegraph: “Jose Mourinho is entering a defining period in his Manchester United reign.
“Nine games into his second season might sound ridiculously premature for such a declaration but this feels like a huge week for Mourinho.
“The next two Premier League games – home to Tottenham and away to Chelsea – will tell us how equipped this United team is to go to-toe-with Manchester City.
“It will be much clearer whether Mourinho can replicate at Old Trafford what he has done throughout his managerial career – swiftly delivering a title.
“The gap to City is now five points. That is nothing to worry about at the moment, particularly as the clubs must still meet twice.
“But the first significant questions have been asked of United’s championship credentials, the defeat at Huddersfield following a dour draw at Liverpool.”
United return to Champions League action when they play host to Portuguese giants Benfica on Tuesday night (7.45pm).
Published at Sat, 28 Oct 2017 18:22:30 +0000