Alan Curbishley says Jose Mourinho will be frustrated by number of draws
Mourinho has seen his Manchester United side draw nine of their 25 Premier League games so far, three of which they should have won against Burnley, Everton and Stoke.
It means United, who are on an unbeaten run of 17 matches, sit sixth in the standings and 12 points behind table-toppers Chelsea.
And pundit Curbishley reckons Mourinho and his players will be frustrated by their dropped points this season, but backs them to mount a serious title challenge next term.
Jose Mourinho's Manchester United sit 12 points behind Antonio Conte's Chelsea
When asked why United are still out of the top four, Curbishley told Sky Sports: "They've drawn a lot of games.
"That'll be the frustrating thing for Mourinho and the Man United players.
"They've drawn games they should have won and they know it – so do the teams they played against.
"Burnley, Arsenal, Everton away – another six points makes a vital difference to where Man United would be.
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"I think Jose, because they've had the bad start and are doing well now, will bode well for next year.
"Man United fans don't expect them to catch Chelsea but they do expect bigger and better things next year.
"I like what Mourinho's doing to the squad. He's putting pressure on a few of them to say: 'I went big this summer, I might do the same this year, do you want to be in my team?'
"I think that's interesting. Watch this space for Man United next year."