Jose Mourinho has said that it would be a miracle if Manchester United were to finish in the top four this season.
It has been a dreadful campaign for Manchester United who currently sit eight points behind the current top four and a whopping 16 points behind league leaders Man City.
However, less than two weeks ago, Mourinho was in confident mood that his United side would be back amongst the top four by the end of the year.
Since those claims however, United have failed to beat struggling Crystal Palace and Southampton, and had to rely on a last minute winner to beat Swiss side Young Boys, prompting a change of tune from the Portuguese boss.
When asked about what the aim for the season is, Mourinho said: “To win as many points as possible,” he told Brazilian outlet RedeTV.
“Try [to achieve] almost the miracle of finishing fourth.
“Until last year I said that finishing second was a fantastic thing because of the qualities we had in comparison to the quality of the other teams that are fighting for the top four. And this year with more problems that we have had, it proves what I said at the beginning of the season, that it would be a very difficult season.”
In fairness to Mourinho, he did insist in the summer that it would be a very difficult season having not receiving much backing from the board in the summer transfer window – however nobody would have predicted it would be this bad.