Things are very tight between second and fifth in the Premier League, with only six points separating them, as United, Liverpool. Tottenham and Chelsea battle it out for Champions League qualification.
Therefore, with only 10 games remaining,securing a place in Europe’s most prestigious club competition is a priority for United and Mourinho has insisted his side will do everything they can to finish above their rivals.
Speaking in a pre-match press conference, the Portuguese head coach said: “The gap is a very short gap, six points between second and fifth is really, really short and open for everybody. But all four are in the Champions League still so we have other focus, other targets”.
“I have to say all of us are very good teams in spite of sometimes the way I read it looks like all the others are better than us. But I’m not sure that’s the reality, so I would say,‘four very good teams and one will be out of the Champions League’.
He continued: “If you ask me ‘second or fourth?’, I say by the financial point of view it doesn’t make a difference, by the prestige point of view it doesn’t make a difference.You go to the Champions League and the fourth doesn’t even now have to play the last qualification.
“But, by the personal point of view, second is better than third, so we are going to try the best possible. Of course the top four is very difficult and that’s the main target for us, butif you can finish second we won’t finish third.”
United’s next league match is away to Crystal Palace on Monday.