Ray Parlour: This is why Man United appointed Jose Mourinho

The Arsenal legend warns Jose Mourinho that he was brought in to secure a top-four finish for Manchester United

Ray Parlour has warned Jose Mourinho that he was appointed as Manchester United manager under the assumption that he’d secure a top-four finish this season.

The Red Devils have work to do to qualify for next season’s Champions League competition after a run of two victories in 10 Premier League games.

The 20-time English champions are 11 points behind Mourinho’s former club Chelsea in the Premier League title race after one win in seven top-flight fixtures.

Of more concern will be the eight-point deficit between fourth-placed Arsenal and Manchester United ahead of their trip to Everton in their next Premier League game at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon.

The Red Devils secured a morale-boosting 4-1 win against West Ham United in their EFL Cup quarter-final at Old Trafford on Wednesday night after Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Anthony Martial both scored twice.

However, former Arsenal midfielder Parlour warned Mourinho that nothing less than a top-four finish will do for Manchester United this season after a 18-month absence from the Champions League.

“Manchester United need to keep the pressure on [in the top-four race],” Parlour told the Alan Brazil Up Front podcast.

“They’re eight points behind the top four now.

“Jose was brought in to get a Champions League place. They might have to rely on the Europa League to get in the competition again.”

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