Mourinho won the Europa League and EFL Cup in his first season at Old Trafford and will hope to build on the encouraging campaign this term with his side returning to the Champions League.
The Red Devils enjoyed a fine start to the season but have appeared more vulnerable in recent weeks and suffered a shock defeat to Huddersfield Town in their last Premier League outing.
Rivals Manchester City, meanwhile, have shown no signs of slipping up as they continue their unbeaten run under Pep Guardiola.
‘Once you’re a Man United player, the pressure comes with it,’ Ferdinand told Goal. ‘The history suggests you win titles and they’ve not done that for a number of years now.
‘The fans want that, they’ve given Jose Mourinho a bit of time, the club have as well. He’s gone out and invested heavily, very well, but now he’s got to go and produce.
‘The problem he’s got, he’s got a very talented and strong [Manchester] City team as well, who are performing and look the form side at the moment. I believe it will be a battle between the two Manchester clubs [for the title].’
Last weekend’s 2-1 defeat to Premier League new-boys Huddersfield came after United scrapped a goalless draw at Liverpool and narrowly beat Benfica in Europe.
Manchester United 2017/18 Fixtures
Tottenham (H) – Sat 28 Oct
Benfica (H) – Tue 31 Oct (Champions League)
Chelsea (A) – Sun 5 Nov
Newcastle United (H) – Sat 18 Nov
Basel (A) – Wed 22 Nov (Champions League)
Brighton (H) – Sat 25 Nov
Watford (A) – Tue 28 Nov
Mourinho’s side did, however, return to winning ways on Tuesday night as they beat Swansea City 2-0 in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.
On Saturday, United welcome Tottenham to Old Trafford with Spurs winning four straight league games but falling to a defeat at home to West Ham in the cup during the week.
Published at Thu, 26 Oct 2017 09:33:45 +0000