Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said his team need a “miracle” to finish fourth in the Premier League this season.
United are seventh on the league table but Mourinho has said it will almost take a miracle for the side to secure a Champions League spot.
“This year, as we’re facing even more problems, it proves what I said when the season started: that it would be very tough for us,” he told Red TV.
“Now we must try and win as many points as we can. It will take almost a miracle to finish in the top four.”
He added that “I don’t know if I said it or if I didn’t, but if I used that word it is not what I feel at all.
“We are like eight or nine points from fourth, something like that, I don’t think we need a miracle at all. We need a good run of results, not waste points.”
Mourinho added: “Last week, before the Crystal Palace game, I said my target was end of December to be in that position.
“The target changes but in the sense of let’s try to close the distance the best we can and be very close to these positions.
“I think far from a miracle, we just need to not be so unlucky with the problems that we have. We need some players to perform better than they are, we need to perform better as a team, but far from a miracle.”