Jose Mourinho insists Man Utd won’t finish below Everton

Jose Mourinho insists Man Utd won’t finish below Everton

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes his side will finish the season above Everton despite currently sitting below them in the table.

A 1-0 victory against Cardiff City the week before last was enough to take the Toffees above Mourinho’s men in the table, as United could only muster a goalless stalemate at home to Crystal Palace.

The Red Devils did manage to close the gap on their Merseyside counterparts at the weekend after drawing against Southampton, as both sides now sit level on 22 points with Everton ahead on goal difference.

Marco Silva’s side have been in good form of late, despite a last-gasp defeat to Liverpool on Sunday, but Mourinho is adamant that the 13-time Premier League champions will place above Everton come the end of the campaign.

“I can agree even though the investment Everton made was phenomenal,” he said (via BBC Sport). “I don’t think Everton will be in front of United by the end of the season.”

After only picking up a point at the St Mary’s Stadium, Mourinho reportedly told Brazilian television network RedeTV after the match that his side will need a “miracle” if they were to finish in the top four.

When asked by reporters to shed light on his comments, Mourinho said: “If I used that word, it is not what I think at all.

“I don’t think we need a miracle. We don’t need to waste points where we don’t need to waste.

“Before Palace, I said my target would be end of December in top four. Now the target has changed. Now we have to try to be very close to these positions. We need not to be so unlucky with problems that we have. We need some players to perform.”

United play host to an in-form Arsenal on Wednesday with Mourinho’s side currently eight points off a Champions League place. Fourth spot is currently being occupied by Arsenal who leapfrogged Spurs on Sunday after North London Derby win.

Rival fans react to Jose Mourinho’s Everton prediction 

Mourinho’s latest comments have been met by hysteria from rival fans, who appear to be savouring every moment of the club’s current plight.