Former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has insisted that Jose Mourinho knows what he’s doing at Old Trafford.
The Portuguese suffered a difficult start to life at Man United, managing just two Premier League wins between September and early December.
He continues to struggle with home games against lesser sides – a malaise that has kept United away from the Champions League spots – but can point towards an unbeaten Premier League run of 21 games and a League Cup win as signs of progress this season.
And Vidic, speaking to ManUtd.com, has made it clear that Mourinho is taking his side in the right direction.
“We are not in the position we would like to be of course but we are fighting for the Champions League,” he said.
“Before the season you always think United should compete for the title but it is not easy. Mourinho came and brought in four players, but to build a winning team you need time, six months is not enough, but I do believe the team is growing.
“Mourinho has been in charge of big teams and won trophies in different countries so he has experience and I believe he knows what he is doing. I am looking forward to next season. But this season realistically if we can get Champions League and the cup we won already then we have to be satisfied this year.”
It will not be lost on United fans that Mourinho’s only significant black spot as manager so far has been that grim inability to finish off the likes of Burnley, AFC Bournemouth and Hull City – amongst many others – at home.
Frustrating, yes, but also hugely promising for that exact same reason: if such a malaise hadn’t occurred then United would be challenging Chelsea for the title, along with having a League Cup trophy to their name and potential Europa League glory on the horizon.
Make no mistake, there is an enormous level of potential currently existing within this current side.