Manchester United have been inconsistent and shaky, to say the least, the Premier League has been a roller coaster ride for the Red Devils but Manager Jose Mourinho still believes that his team can finish in the Top 4.
After an inconsistent start to the Premier League, Manchester United are at 7th place on the table (As of, 3rd November 2018), and Jose Mourinho is still hopeful of a Top 4 finish. A lot of things were going wrong at Manchester United over the last few months involving everyone from Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward to Mino Raiola and Paul Pogba. But when questioned about his side’s bad results Jose Mourinho sited an unkind fixture list as the reason for his side’s abysmal performances.
Mourinho talking about being in the top 4 by Christmas says two things.
1. He's been told he's in a job till at least then
2. He's got to win a lot of games between now and then.
Should be interesting. Do you think he can do it?#MUFC
— The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) November 2, 2018
Now though Manchester United came from behind against Bournemouth in an impressive 2-1 win, the task to finish in the Top 4 is a mammoth one. Especially considering League Leaders Manchester City, Liverpool and third-placed Chelsea are still unbeaten in the league while Arsenal are looking very dangerous under Unai Emery. These obstacles along with the fact that United have to go on a run of continuous wins to make the top 4. Tough ask. Mourinho said “When you are outside the top four I don’t think you should speak about the title. When you are in the top four, which I believe we are going to be, you can look up, see the distance, look to the fixtures, to the calendar.”
Mourinho may blame the calendar up till now but as things stand it doesn’t look like the fixtures are getting any easier for Manchester United. Like Jose Mourinho, himself pointed out “Now we have a double away league fixture at Bournemouth and Manchester City. We will have Juventus away before we go to Manchester City, and we will have Valencia away before Liverpool. In this part of the season, we play away against possibly the three biggest candidates for the title, in Liverpool, Chelsea, and Manchester City, so the calendar was not nice to us.”
The fact is that there is a good chance that United will drop points against both City and Liverpool because let’s face it both teams are miles ahead of any side in the Premier League. Considering the Red Devils dropped points against Chelsea in a 2 – 2 Draw, a Top 4 finish by the end of December seems highly unlikely. Let’s not right United off entirely as there are positives, the defence doesn’t look as vulnerable, and Victor Lindelof has been particularly impressive, Anthony Martial is also finally showing some good form and seems to be on a scoring spree of sorts. Finally, the players are responding to Jose Mourinho and his tactics and the “Bad Blood” stories are drying up as well. Though the road ahead is a complicated one, United may just go on to achieve it.