Jose Mourinho has expressed doubt over Manchester United’s title chances this season, noting that catching Chelsea would be difficult.
Man United currently sit 12 points behind Antonio Conte’s Chelsea side and five points behind second-placed Tottenham Hotspur after 21 games.
Former United captain Nemanja Vidic, speaking earlier this week, claimed that his former side would not win the title this season.
And Mourinho, when asked about his side’s title chances this season, registered similar doubts.
“Top, I think, is very difficult,” he admitted.
“But if we can do well in many competitions, in the end we can consider our season good. And if we can consider our season good, even if we don’t win the title, that is a good step.
“For the players it was a difficult period, playing so well against Arsenal and not winning and losing points in the last minute at Everton.”
Pep Guardiola admitted that, following his side’s 4-0 defeat at Everton, their hopes of Premier League glory come May were well and truly over. And most onlookers, perhaps even his own players, would indeed agree. It would then follow that United, two points behind Manchester City, are also out of the title race.
Then again, you could realistically claim that the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Liverpool have little chance of catching Chelsea as well. Conte’s men have located a sense of balance and solidity since adopting a rarely seen 3-4-3 formation, and a lack of European competition and something of a routine run-in places them in very good stead for the title in May.
That said, with just five points separating the five teams below Chelsea, places in the top three are very much up for grabs.