Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has stressed his side cannot take the upcoming games for granted despite creating a small gap between themselves and fifth-placed Chelsea. The Red Devils picked up a 2-1 win over the Blues in the Premier League last weekend, and they are now holding a six-point gap over Antonio Conte’s side.
Speaking ahead of the Crystal Palace game, Mourinho cited that the club have the ambition to finish as high as possible in the Premier League standings, and finishing in the runner-up spot remains the main aim, considering Manchester City have pretty much run away in the pursuit of the English crown.
He said: “The gap is a very short gap. Six points between second and fifth is really really short and open for everybody. All four are in the Champions League still so we have other focus, other targets, all of us. But by the personal point of view, second is better than third, third is better than fourth, so we are going to try the best possible.”
Prior to the Blues game, there was possible talk of United stuttering in the quest for the Champions League places, but the impressive comeback triumph has put Mourinho’s side in pole position to finish in the top-four.
Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have been in a better run of form compared to United, but they do carry higher expectations with Champions League football essential to displaying their progress.
Meanwhile, Chelsea have found themselves slowly dropping out of the top-four hunt, and they face a stiff test of their credentials at Manchester City on Sunday. Should they succumb to another loss, they would be five points off the Champions League spots.