Jose Mourinho sends defiant message to Man United’s top-four rivals

The Manchester United manager isn't giving up hope of a top-four finish this season

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: Hublot

Jose Mourinho insists Manchester United will continue to fight for a top-four finish until a Champions League spot becomes mathematically impossible.

The Red Devils boss watched his players ease to a 3-0 win against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Sunday afternoon thanks to goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford.

Mourinho’s side moved to within four points of Manchester City in the race to secure a top-four spot, while third-placed Liverpool remain six points ahead of the 20-time English champions.

However, the Red Devils have played two games less than Jurgen Klopp’s side, who were thrilling 2-1 winners against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Manchester United will host Premier League leaders Chelsea at Old Trafford next weekend as Mourinho comes up against his former employers for the third time this season.

Speaking to BBC Sport about Manchester United’s top-four prospects with eight games to go, Mourinho said after Sunday’s 3-0 win at Sunderland:

“We want to fight in the Premier League until it is mathematically impossible. The Premier League we cannot win, but Europa League we can.”

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