Jose Mourinho blames two factors for difficult Man Utd start

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The importance of victory against Burnley on Saturday cannot be overstated for Jose Mourinho and his struggling Manchester United side.

Wednesday's win over rivals Manchester City in the EFL Cup came as a welcome boost, but it's in the Premier League where results matter most.

The Red Devils have claimed just five points out of a possible 18 in their last six league games, with their sole win coming during a 4-1 demolition of Leicester City last month.


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Such disappointing form has seen the pressure pile on United's underperforming stars, although Burnley at home represents the perfect opportunity to get back to winning ways.

Much has been made of why exactly Mourinho's men have struggled in recent weeks, but where the Portuguese is concerned, two factors have prohibited him from delivering the goods at the Theatre of Dreams.

According to the 53-year-old, he needs more time and more world-class players to breed success.

"We need time," Mourinho said on Friday. "It is always the same story. At some clubs and with some managers they have all the time they want. With others, you demand immediate success of the clubs and the managers.

"That's Manchester United and Jose Mourinho. No problem. It's not the way I prefer, it's just the way it is. It's the way I arrived at the club without Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Roy Keane or Bryan Robson.

"I arrived later with a very good group of players to work with, but many of them are not the end product. They are not ready.

"And some of them like Michael [Carrick] are in a period where they are phenomenal but they are not in the group that is 24 or 25.

"I always went to clubs in a non-easy process. I never went to a winning club with recent success where you can just introduce a bit of your salt and pepper and change the direction, and the road to success was there. I always had difficult moments."

In an apparent attempt to remind people of his remarkable track record, Mourinho then listed his achievements at Porto, Inter Milan, Chelsea and Real Madrid.

"I left Porto as European champions, I left Inter [Milan] as European champions, I left Chelsea with two titles in three years, and I left Real Madrid with three Champions League semi-finals and with a title.

"Then I got this club in a hard situation but that is a great job.

"I don't change a word from the first day - we want to win. At this moment, we still have four competitions to win. Let's see out of the four what we win - four, three, two, one or nothing."

Mourinho talks a good game, but the length of his tenure at United will ultimately be determined by immediate success, not previous achievements.

Fail to win a single piece of silverware in his debut season and there's every chance the former Chelsea boss will follow in the footsteps of David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.

Time is what Mourinho needs, but time is also at a premium. 

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