Quinton Fortune has tipped his former side to beat Arsenal when they head to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on Saturday.
Fortune who spent five years at Manchester United believes it is a game that Mourinho simply cannot afford to lose if he is to make the club genuine contenders for the title this season and has backed the Red Devils to come out on top.
Speaking to Sky Sports News Fortune admitted that it may be a close drawn affair when the two sides lock horns with one another on Saturday but stated that he felt Manchester United will take all three points in the end.
“They won’t lose this, first of all, playing at Old Trafford,” said former United player Fortune on the Sky Sports Now show
“A bad result would be a draw, but they have got to go and win the game. I can only see one team winning this game, and that’s United.”
Having already dropped crucial points earlier in the season Mourinho knows that he cannot afford any more slip ups and in facing Arsenal it presents arguably his most important game he has faced so far as the new United boss.
It has been no secret that Mourinho has endured a difficult start to life at Old Trafford. His defensive tactics combined with off field personal issues on the field have all played a key role in the Portuguese’s tough start to the new campaign but should he manage to defeat the Gunners it could act as the perfect springboard needed to kick start Manchester United’s season.
Arsenal may have begun the new campaign in impressive form but there have been signs in recent weeks of the clubs old bad habits creeping back into their game and with the Gunners set to be without several first team regulars it bring with it a real opportunity for United to take advantage.
The Gunners are traditionally a side who likes to have plenty of time on the ball and like to play fast flowing football and in order for United to beat Arsenal Mourinho must get look to get his players to attack Arsenal right from the off, not allowing them time on the ball nor allowing them space further up the field and should he manage to deny them that it will go a long way to Mourinho leaving Old Trafford with three points.