It looked as though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's job would be in danger after matches against Mourinho's Spurs and Manchester City but two wins out of two inside three days mean there's new hope at Old Trafford.
United had drawn 3-3 at Sheffield United and then 2-2 at home to strugglers Aston Villa and United fans feared the worst ahead of clashes with improving Tottenham Hotspur and champions Manchester City.
United's record against last season's top six, as well as Leicester City, makes very good reading for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
An opening day thumping of Chelsea was just the first in an impressive string of results against England's elite so far in 2019/2020. They've beaten Chelsea, Leicester and Tottenham at Old Trafford, secured 1-1 draws with Arsenal and runaway leaders and European Champions Liverpool at home, and most recently they claimed a famous and impressive win away to champions and local rivals Manchester City.
Of course, the flip side of this is what United simply has to improve their results against sides currently occupying the bottom half, and even the relegation zone. The Red Devils have dropped points away to Southampton, West Ham, Newcastle and Bournemouth, with losses against the latter two. United scored only once in these four away trips and it's an obvious area of alarm and one for improvement.
Marcus Rashford is probably the biggest positive for United at the moment, outside of their last two results, with the England man starting to add consistency to an already brilliant game. The 22-year-old has already matched his personal tally of ten Premier League goals last season, and there are still 22 games of the domestic season left. At the back, Swedish centre half Victor Lindelöf produced a stunningly committed performance on Sunday at the Etihad Stadium, and he will need more of the same to convince United fans that he's the rock they need at the back.
Next for United in the Premier League is a home clash with Everton, boosted by their own win over Chelsea on the weekend and under the stewardship of Duncan Ferguson. That starts a busy Christmas schedule for clubs in England's top tier.
🗓 United Christmas schedule
- 15 December: Everton (H)
- 18 December: Colchester - EFL Cup QF (H)
- 22 December: Watford (A)
- 26 December: Newcastle (H)
- 29 December: Burnley (A)
- 1 January: Arsenal (A)
We'll know much more about Manchester United's top four credentials after this tricky run of fixtures against opponents of varying quality. After that, they'll still have trips to Liverpool, Chelsea, Spurs and Leicester.
If the performance at Man City is anything to go by, United may relish the prospect of counter-attacking with pace against the top sides.