Jose Mourinho believes that his Manchester United side can finish higher than fourth this season.
The 53-year-old encountered a rocky start to life at Old Trafford, managing just two Premier League wins in 11 games after winning his first four games in charge.
However, Mourinho’s men have mounted something of a resurgence in recent weeks, claiming four wins on the trot, and now sit just four points behind the Champions League spots.
Mourinho, speaking to Sky Sports, insisted that Man United, despite their lukewarm start, can still breach the top three this season.
“For me to be happy, it’s an accumulation of factors. For me to be happy is the way we end the season playing, the evolution of the team, the empathy with the supporters, the results in many different competitions we are playing,” he said.
“So let’s see where we finish, I don’t want to say fourth, because I think we can do better than fourth. But we have the risk of not finishing fourth because the competition is so hard and the top teams have the same ambitions as we have. So I don’t want to say fourth or third or fifth.”
The Premier League possesses the unique capacity for oscillating at a rapid rate. A wining run can send you flying up the table, whilst a losing streak can quickly send a side free-falling down the table. For instance: United were nine points off fourth spot only a matter of weeks ago; now, all of a sudden, they’re four points off ‘title challengers’ Arsenal.
Mourinho’s men, with home games Sunderland and Middlesbrough coming up, can extend their winning run to six games heading into the new year, perhaps setting up the perfect platform for an assault on the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City.