Paul Ince: Jose Mourinho will take this long to revive Man United

The former Manchester United midfielder issues warning over how long it'll take Jose Mourinho to revive the Red Devils

Paul Ince believes Manchester United won’t find their stride under Jose Mourinho until the 2017-18 season.

The Red Devils have played out 1-1 stalemates with Manchester United in their last three Premier League games against top-four rivals Arsenal, Everton and West Ham United.

Manchester United have won two of their last 11 Premier League fixtures under the Portuguese coach after falling 13 points behind current leaders Chelsea after 14 games.

The 20-time English champions appointed Mourinho as their new manager in May after Louis van Gaal led the Red Devils to a fifth-place finish in the 2015-16 season.

The 52-year-old signed four players in the summer transfer window as he recruited Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly, Armenia international Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and world-record signing Paul Pogba.

Former Manchester United midfielder Ince believes Mourinho won’t find the right formula at Old Trafford until next season.

“He is still the ‘Special One’,” Ince told Paddy Power.

“Football is crazy in that if you get three or four bad results people want to start getting rid of you. Mourinho has come in off the back of three years of David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal, and he has had to deal with their appointments and their style of play.

“There are players in that side that Jose will want to get rid of, and players that he will want to bring in.

“You won’t see a full-strength Mourinho team until next year, and only then can you judge him.”

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Manchester United will host top-four rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon as the Red Devils look to return to winning ways.

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