Mourinho on title race: Jose Mourinho has spoken on Manchester United’s chances of lifting the Premier League trophy.
Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United have had a tough season so far. After a poor start to the campaign, the side has recovered to some extents, but are yet 8th in the league. The last few results in the league games have uplifted the spirits at Old Trafford, and Mourinho would aim to capitalize on their form as they face Bournemouth this week.
Manchester City are the top of the league table, 9 points ahead of Mourinho’s side. Liverpool, who are also level on points with Guardiola’s side, are 2nd. Chelsea and Arsenal complete the top-four, while Tottenham sits at 5th, only a point behind their North London rivals.
Mourinho interacted with media during the press conference before the game against Bournemouth, where he remained positive about the team’s commitment during the training sessions and the mood inside the dressing room.
However, Mourinho took a realistic approach on United’s title chances.
Mourinho on title race:
The Manchester United manager insisted that it is unreasonable to talk about the title race at the moment, as the side is far from top-four.
Mourinho: “Antonio Valencia put something funny on his Instagram. He says he ‘work, work, work’. He should say he ‘work, work, work alone because I am injured and cannot train with the team’.” #mufc
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) November 2, 2018
“When you are outside top four, you should not speak about the title race,” Mourinho said.”
“When you are top four, which I believe we are going to be, then you can look up, see the distance and look at the situation. At the moment, injuries, suspension and form.
Jose on Bournemouth: “Their story doesn’t surprise me. They have had stability as a Premier League team and now they want more. They are fighting for those Europa League positions, just below the top four, which is a difficult target for anyone.” #MUFC
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 2, 2018
“The aim now is to get the points we need to try to be at the end of December in a better position than we are at the moment, where I expect us to be.”
Jose Mourinho urged his side to focus on the present and take one game at a time.
“In this moment we have to focus on ourselves to get better results,” said the manager. Mourinho also praised his side for their impressive displays at Stamford Bridge and Juventus.
Mourinho said at his press conference this morning Fellaini, Valencia and Dalot are unavailable for the trip to Bournemouth. Sanchez and Lingard both fully fit after being on the bench against Everton.
— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonESPN) November 2, 2018
“I think it’s very difficult, for example, to go to Stamford Bridge and do better than what we did in terms of performance. The team fought hard against Juventus, so a part of the result wasn’t negative, and we had a very positive game against Everton,” said the manager.