Eleven games into the 2016/17 Premier League season and Manchester United's hopes of winning the title are already fading.
Saturday's 3-1 win over Swansea City came as a welcome boost following a recent run of poor form, but the case remains that they're well off the pace.
The Red Devils currently sit sixth, six points off the top four and a further two behind league-leaders Chelsea on 26.
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Identifying the problem has proved a tough task for Mourinho, who has chopped and changed his squad in recent weeks to try and find a solution.
One decision of the Portuguese's has proved a masterstroke, though: dropping Zlatan Ibrahimovic against Fenerbahce in the Europa League last week.
The 35-year-old striker was introduced with 30 minutes played but, following his brace on Saturday, it seems being benched gave Ibrahimovic the kick up the backside he needed.
Back in form and hungry for more, the self-proclaimed 'God of Manchester' now has the title in his sights and joked about how he would retire if he and United were crowned English champions.
"Oooof it would be fantastic," he told MUTV with a smile. "If I could win the Premier League, the next day I would stop playing football… almost!
"We have been a little bit unlucky in certain games, but we believe and when you believe it will come. Hopefully I can win it and I will win it."
It would be silly to completely rule out United's chances at such an early stage, with Mourinho recently claiming it will be a three-horse race for the Premier League crown.
"My feeling is it will be close and probably one team that you think is playing for the title in March, probably in May doesn’t finish in the top four," he said, per the Guardian.
"Probably not six [challengers], probably three. Probably during the run somebody will fall a little bit.
"I am not a gambler but, if I was, I wouldn't bet a lot on the title or top four because there is a big risk of losing money."
United face stiff competition from the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham in the league this season, all of whom currently going strong and occupying the top five.
They next face Arsenal at Old Trafford, with Arsene Wenger's men unbeaten in the Premier League since defeat to Liverpool on the opening weekend.
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