“Jose will be wanting to find his XI that he can trust, that can play five or six games in a row.
“The depth in quality just isn’t there, and the players aren’t pushing themselves forward or proving undroppable. They’re too inconsistent.
“It’s been difficult for Jose, and I don’t think people are recognising this.
“Since Sir Alex left, it hasn’t worked out – David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal took the club backwards five years.
“So Mourinho has been playing catch-up since he arrived.
“People expected him to come in and wave a magic wand, but they’re so far behind the likes of City, Liverpool, and Tottenham, who have had their teams for a period of time. It’s an incredibly tough job.”