Marouane Fellaini is reportedly set to earn himself a new contract at Manchester United if he continues to impress Mourinho.
The United boss is believed to be a fan of the giant midfielder and is looking to hand Fellaini an extension at Old Trafford.
The Belgium international has received a mixed reception in Manchester since arriving from Everton in 2013.
And following a difficult spell at United, Fellaini appeared to be on his way out of the club.
But according to The Sun, the 28-year-old’s now on course for a two-year extension if his solid form continues in the coming months.
Fellaini signed a five-year deal when he arrived for £27.5million, and he now has just two years left to run on his current £110,000-a-week contract.
Despite struggling to establish himself as a regular member of United’s first XI, Louis van Gaal used him regularly last season, and Mourinho holds him in high regard too.
A United source told The Sun: “Jose is on record that Marouane has to win over the fans with his performances. He likes him a lot.
“There will be no rush and United will wait for the nod by Jose, which could be at renewal time around Christmas.
“It could be a remarkable turnaround for him, as he looked to be on his way out of the club this summer.”
Fellaini started for United alongside new summer signing Paul Pogba in defensive midfield, and Mourinho’s side saw off Southampton 2-0 at Old Trafford to continue their good start.
Even Mourinho has revealed that he restored Marouane Fellaini’s flagging confidence with a phone-call one day after he was installed as Manchester United manager, telling the Belgian that he would not be sold.
Fellaini has been one of United’s stand-out performers in their two league wins so far against Bournemouth and Southampton on Friday night.