Rio Ferdinand believes that Jose Mourinho can only be judged at Manchester United once he has had a few transfer windows to bring in the players he wants to.
It has been something of a stuttering start to life for Mourinho at Old Trafford since his appointment as the club’s new manager back in May.
The Portuguese coach’s side have struggled to produce consistent form in the Premier League and he watched his team be held to another frustrating draw by Everton last weekend.
Indeed, United have only won two of their last 10 top-flight games and headed into this weekend’s round of games 13 points behind leaders Chelsea.
Mourinho has been tasked with restoring United back to the top of English football following the disappointment of their fifth-placed finish last season.
However, former defender Ferdinand feels that Mourinho must be given time to properly implement his ideas at Old Trafford.
Speaking in an interview with ESPN FC, Ferdinand said: “I don’t think you can ask any manager – whether it be David Moyes or Louis van Gaal – to come in and just have one year and be judged upon one year. It’s difficult. David Moyes had a very tough time in that respect.
“Jose Mourinho – with the experience he has got at big clubs, winning big trophies, a huge personality – the minimum he deserves is at least one or two more transfer windows to really say ‘this is my team now.’ I don’t think Jose Mourinho can sit there and say: ‘this is my team.’ I don’t think he is there yet.
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“Once he is there then there’s no excuses. Until that point, you can still give them a getting-to-know-each-other period and integration.”
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