Mourinho’s men, with the League Cup under their belt, will embark on an April period consisting of nine games that will define their season.
Man United can book a place in the Europa League semi-final against Anderlecht and leapfrog Liverpool into the top four if they win their remaining games in hand.
And Ferguson, speaking earlier this week, was quick to note that his former side still has plenty to play for.
“If they’d got those wins they deserved they’d be challenging for the league, there’s no doubt about that,” he said.
“They’ve won the League Cup and are in the Europa League and I think they’ve got a great chance there. It’s very important now because if you win it, you’re into the Champions League.
“At the moment the Premier League is a real fight for the positions behind Chelsea with Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool, ourselves.
“It’s not going to be easy to get into the top four. They could do it but I look on the Europa League as a great chance.”
I don’t know about you, but I can only Sir Alex’s quotes in anything other than his own voice, especially when he rounds off a sentence with “there’s no doubt about that.” You just did it now, didn’t you?
On a more serious note, I would contest that United’s season is not just still alive but indeed starting in earnest over the next month. This is a real crossroads point in their campaign: a place in the Europa League last four and the top four is on offer here, and Mourinho will understand the importance of fulfilling both objectives in the context of his overall reign at Old Trafford.