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Mourinho: Everton won’t break into the top six this season

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has dismissed Everton’s chances of gatecrashing the Premier League’s top six, despite Marco Silva’s side currently sitting above his side in the table.

Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Southampton left Manchester United in seventh place, a position deemed not good enough by Mourinho, level on points with Everton who sit above the Old Trafford side on goal difference.

“I think Manchester United, in seventh place, I can agree, in spite of the investment Everton made, which was phenomenal.’’ Mourinho told the press today.

“Obviously there was a great improvement in that team from last season in relation to this season, but I don’t think Everton will be in front of us at the end of the season.

“There are six teams that should stay in the first six positions. Season after season, two of these teams are staying outside the top four.

“Last season was Arsenal and Chelsea, and this season two of these six are going to stay outside. Who is the best team of the six? The team with more potential? The team with less potential? Who is the team performing not so well?

“These will be the questions and answers around the top six. At the end of the season, the top six will be done by the six teams we all know have that responsibility to finish in the top six.”

United have a chance to close the gap on one of the teams above them when they host fourth-placed Arsenal on Wednesday night.

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