It would take something ‘miraculous’ for Manchester United to come back and win the Premier League title this season, says former Liverpool star Jamie Carragher.
The Red Devils were held to a surprise 0-0 draw by Burnley at the weekend, while their rivals at the top all extended their lead with victories in their matches.
This now leaves United eight points behind joint-leaders Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal, and Carragher feels Mourinho may now have to start viewing his time at Old Trafford as a more long-term project.
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‘When he first came in he wasn’t talking about top four, he was talking about winning the league, and rightly so,’ Carragher said.
‘The players he bought were players to win the league. You don’t buy (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic to think I’m building something for two or three years. You’re buying him for right now.
‘The thing about United and specifically Mourinho is he normally always makes an impact when he comes in and the question has always been in year three. So we’re maybe talking about building something.
‘I think for Manchester United they will be looking at top four and if they won the league from this position it would be a miraculous recovery.
‘I think going forward there are a lot more questions about Mourinho himself as a manager and his effect and how long it’s taken to get across to his players.’