Paul Scholes has said that he feels finishing fourth and winning the Carabao Cup would be a “great achievement” for Tottenham this season.
Mourinho has faced plenty of criticism in recent weeks at Spurs, with Tottenham bowing out of the Europa League after an embarrassing 3-0 defeat against Dinamo Zagreb, having won the first leg 2-0 in north London.
Spurs have also slipped down the Premier League table, after leading the way earlier in the season, and Mourinho’s men now face a battle to try and finish in the top four after missing out on the chance to move above Chelsea last weekend.
With eight games to play, Spurs are in sixth position, three points behind London rivals West Ham in the race for Champions League football next season.
But ahead of facing Manchester United this weekend, former Red Devils midfielder Scholes feels that is where Tottenham should be, with the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City to come later this month.
“I think he is doing alright, isn’t he? Only three points off the top four and in the final of the League Cup,” he said, speaking to the Webby & O’Neill YouTube channel.
“Ok, they had the disappointment I suppose in the Europa League, which is something Tottenham should be aspiring to win.
“I think he has done alright, but that’s the club he is at now. He’s not at a club where he is expected to win things, he has done brilliant jobs wherever he has been, most of the time.
“You think at Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Chelsea, it didn’t quite work out at Manchester United as he would have hoped, but he is the last person to win a trophy here [at United], which was the Europa League.
“That’s not something United should be aspiring to though.”
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And Scholes reckons that finishing in the top four and reaching a cup final would represent a successful season for Mourinho and Tottenham.
“It is Tottenham, what do you expect? Finish in the top four, maybe win a league cup of an FA Cup, I don’t think he can do much more than that,” he said.
“I expect them to try to challenge to win a cup and try to finish in the top four, but that is the level he is at now.
“To finish fourth and win a cup. I think that would be a great achievement for Tottenham.”