Jose Mourinho has said that he expects his Manchester United side to be back within the top four by the end of December.
It has been a pretty poor season for Manchester United so far, who currently sit down in eighth having failed to win half of their matches already.
The criticism of the Red Devils and Jose Mourinho in particular reached fever pitch last month, with Mourinho’s sacking looking both inevitable and imminent, although some improved results and performances since then have seen the pressure on the Portuguese ease somewhat.
United finished second in the Premier League last season, and Jose Mourinho reckons that by the turn of the year, his side will have overhauled the current five-point gap to the top four.
“When you are outside the top four I don’t think you should speak about the title race,” Mourinho said in his pre-match press conference.
“When you are top four – which I believe we are going to be – you can look up, see the distance, look to the fixtures, to the calendar, you can look to the situation at the moment, injuries, suspension, form and then you can feel it.
“In this moment we are outside top four so the point is now to get the points we need to try and be in the end of December, like I expect to be, in a better position than we are in now at this moment.”
United face a tricky trip to face Bournemouth in Saturday’s early kick-off, with the Cherries currently sitting three points ahead of the visitors