Jose Mourinho has insisted that Manchester United could still end up outside of the Champions League places in the Premier League this season.
The Red Devils finished a disappointing sixth in the top-flight in Mourinho’s debut season last term, but they still managed to qualify for the Champions League group stage via their 2-0 triumph over Ajax in the Europa League final.
Mourinho has since sorted out his team brilliantly, and they have made a rollicking start to the 2017/18 season, where they are only behind table-toppers Manchester City on goal difference.
The Red Devils are yet to face a side in the top-half of the standings, and Mourinho admits that the strength of the league is such that the club could finish below the top-four positions.
“Nothing happened yet. Last year the season started much harder and ended very well, this year it started very well and we don’t know how it will end,” he told Portuguese outlet Record h/t The Express.
“In another league it could be said that a team that starts with seven wins and a draw would almost mean the title.But in England it doesn’t mean anything, not even that we will finish in the first four places.”
Manchester United have cruised through the opening weeks of the campaign with six wins and one draw from seven league outings, and their biggest test will come against Liverpool at Anfield following the international break.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have been largely inconsistent in the top-flight this season, and Mourinho will seek to take advantage of the Reds’ frailties at the back in order to extend their recent unbeaten run in Merseyside.