Bournemouth vs Manchester United
Jose Mourinho is confident Manchester United will soon be in the top four and can secure a top-four finish in the Premier League. Speaking to the media he pointed out that their unkind fixtures are responsible for their low points and early struggles.
United are currently in eighth place in the table, five points behind the fourth place Arsenal and nine points from the leaders Manchester City and Liverpool, as they prepare to visit Bournemouth on Saturday.
United have won just two of their last five in the league but the manager believes that the team will improve and that they can close the gap on their rivals in the coming weeks, he cited the difficult fixtures ahead including a game at Manchester City on November 11, then at Juventus for Champions League four days later and a visit to Liverpool in December after Champions League game at Valencia.
Speaking at the press conference before Bournemouth game he said:
“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.”
“I always say that in the end of the season you play 19 matches at home and away and it doesn’t matter when but the reality is that the way the fixtures will soon be in the top four are coming, sometimes they have an influence in the moment.
“But I think by the end of December, which is the end of the first half of the Premier League season, we are not going to be in the position we are now. We will be in a better position.”
Mourinho did not rule out a possibility of title challenge but says the priority for now is top four. He also refused to reveal whether Romelu Lukaku will start against Bournemouth, he was dropped to the bench against Everton after going eight games without scoring.
Mourinho is happy with the progress Jesse Lingard and Alexis Sanchez have made in their groin injuries recoveries. Both players were on the bench for United’s 2-1 win over Everton last Sunday – Lingard came on in the 95th minute – but Mourinho admits neither were fully fit.