Jamie Carragher issues Man United title warning over Jose Mourinho

The former Liverpool defender delivers his verdict on Manchester United's title prospects under Jose Mourinho this season

Jamie Carragher has warned Manchester United that it could take Jose Mourinho a couple of seasons before guiding the club to title glory.

The Red Devils dug deep to battle to a goalless draw with bitter rivals Liverpool at Anfield on Monday night.

The 20-time English champions are in seventh place in the Premier League table and five points adrift of leaders Manchester City after eight games.

United will make the long trip to Mourinho’s former club Chelsea in their next Premier League game at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

The Portuguese coach won the Premier League title in his second season at the west London club in 2015 before he was sacked just six months later.

Former Liverpool defender Carragher addressed Mourinho’s chief target of restoring United to the top of the Premier League table.

“What Jose Mourinho has always done is make those three or four big signings – as he has done at Manchester United – plus the Mourinho effect. He is a world-class manager. That Mourinho effect pushes his players to the title,” Carragher told Sky Sports on Monday night.

“Manchester United were fifth and fourth in the last two years. Maybe it is a case that it is a different job. It might take a bit longer than it has done in the past.

“Then you think of Mourinho’s shelf life being three years and the effect dwindles and he has moved on somewhere else.”

United finished in fifth place in the Premier League table last season under Mourinho’s predecessor Louis van Gaal.

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The Red Devils have collected five points from a possible 15 in their last five Premier League games.

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