Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes the Red Devils’ hopes of winning next season’s Premier League title could be ‘impossible’ if Manchester City replicate their form from this campaign, reports the Mirror.
United are currently second in the table after 34 games, 13 points adrift of champions City who recently sealed the title with five matches to spare. Mourinho’s leading the Manchester giants to their best-ever finish post-Sir Alex Ferguson, but he remains wary of the threat of their neighbours.
With Pep Guardiola’s side boasting 87 points from 33 games, they could surpass 100 points with a perfect finish to the season which would be a new record. Mourinho doesn’t expect them to tail off in 2018/19 which could make United’s hopes of finishing top ‘impossible’.
“It depends what the direct opponents do. If they do the same number of points it will be almost impossible. If they get into the 90-something points it will be almost impossible,” Mourinho said.
“I was champion with Chelsea with 95 (points in 2005). That’s the reason why we were champions three months before the end of the season — give no chance to the opponent. That’s what Manchester City (have done).
“We had periods of winning matches and waiting for them to lose a couple of points. They never did it. They were really, really, really strong. That’s why there’s no question in the country about who deserves to be champion.”
Mourinho holds the record for best points tally in the Premier League, with his Chelsea side winning the title with 95 points in 2005. Three wins from their last five games would see City surpass that record this season.
Guardiola’s men have dropped points in just five of their 33 games and have a favourable finish to the campaign – Swansea City, West Ham United, Huddersfield Town, Brighton & Hove Albion and Southampton.