JOSE MOURINHO claims Manchester United need a "miracle" to finish in the top four – because they are getting weaker whilst their biggest rivals are growing stronger.
Their manager's bleak, blunt assessment seems sure to anger many Old Trafford fans whose MINIMUM expectation every season is qualifying for the Champions League.
PA:Press Association7 Frustrated Jose Mourinho believes problems have been mounting for Man Utd
But after Saturday's 2-2 comeback draw at Southampton left United seventh in the Premier League – eight points off the top five – Mourinho delivered his most downbeat assessment so far to Brazil’s RedeTV.
The former Chelsea chief said: “Until last year I said that finishing second was a fantastic thing because of the qualities we had in comparison to the quality of the other teams that are fighting for the top four.
"Already last year I said it. And this year with more problems that we have had, it proves what I said at the beginning of the season, that it would be a very difficult season.”
AFP or licensors7 Midfielder Ander Herrera celebrates his leveller as Manchester United fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday