The former Chelsea manager is, at the moment, not in the good books of many Unite faithful following the club’s unconvincing start to the new season.
The Red Devils lost 3-2 at Brighton last Sunday in just their second game of the Premier League campaign.
Many questioned the club’s defensive capabilities and Mourinho’s ‘relationship with CEO Ed Woodward.
But speaking ahead of Monday’s game against solid Tottenham at Old Trafford, Mourinho said his team “needs some time” to reach its full potential.
“When you have a good week when you train really well, things are positive, you expect good individual performances. You don’t expect mistakes and you expect a good result, not a defeat,” he told Skysports.
“Normally when you lose you want to play immediately and two days after that was not the case. But I am happy that was not the case because in this moment we need some time.
“We need players to be back, we need players to train more to have a kind of pre-season after the pre-season that they didn’t have after the World Cup.”