It’s too early to judge Jose Mourinho’s tenure at Manchester United, according to fellow Premier League manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Mourinho has faced criticism following a mixed start to life at Old Trafford but his Tottenham counterpart believes the Portuguese coach needs more time before fans and pundits label the Special One a success or failure.
Disappointing results in the Europa League and EFL Cup have seen the pressure mount on Mourinho, despite an initially positive start to the campaign that included victory over Leicester City in the Community Shield.
Since then, poor form on the pitch, coupled with reports of disagreements with several players at United, has seen speculation mount that Mourinho’s time at Old Trafford could be short and rarely sweet.
Pochettino disagrees, however, and has instead urged caution in making any snap judgements about the Special One’s Manchester United reign.
Instead, the South American called for the former Chelsea boss to be given more time to make him mark on the Red Devils.
"It's clear that when you are with a great club, as I am with Tottenham, the pressure to win is always greater. And there are always voices of criticism when the results are not what everyone anticipates,” Pochettino told ESPN Argentina.
"Definitely, whenever one starts a new project, it requires time. In this case, even though Jose is one of the best coaches in the world, he needs more time to put his ideas in place and so that the team can function as he wants them to. It is too early to pass judgement regarding things that are happening with the teams just yet."
Manchester United will entertain Tottenham this December in a game that is fast shaping up to be a must-win encounter for both sides.
Since beating Premier League title favourites Manchester City 2-0 back in October, the North London club has gone seven games without a win in all competitions and are in danger of exiting the Champions League at the group stage.