Jose Mourinho has said that he wants his Manchester United side to ‘smell’ the top four positions with a win against Southampton.
Mourinho had predicted that Manchester United would be in the top four by the New Year, although that was before their drab 0-0 draw with Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace last weekend.
United are currently sitting in seventh place in the Premier League, seven points behind the top four, but with five of the six teams who are above them playing on Sunday, United’s away trip to Southampton offers the Red Devils an opportunity to move to within touching distance of the top four.
“We need points We want to improve our position in the table, we want to close the gap to the top four, we want to be smelling these positions, if not there behind, then just smelling for the second part of the season,” Mourinho said in his pre-match press conference.
“But everybody for different reasons need points, so it’s not like we go to Southampton and they don’t need points. It’s not just one team for high level of motivation.
“So we’re going to have a very difficult match against a team that I know are not going to have any problems, the team, the squad is good, the club has bee very well organised for many many years, so they are not going to stay in that part of a table for a long time, so a difficult match for us.”