Jose Mourinho responds directly to Man United critics: We’re in a good position

The Manchester United manager discusses the Red Devils' lack of progression this season

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: Uefa handout

Jose Mourinho is adamant that Manchester United have made good progress this season.

The Red Devils are in second place in the Premier League table and two points ahead of Liverpool FC in the top-four race.

Manchester United have struggled to find consistency in the Premier League to leave the Red Devils 16 points adrift of leaders Manchester City.

Mourinho’s side have been criticised for their lack of imagination following a number of disappointing results in 2018 so far.

Manchester United suffered a surprise 2-1 loss to La Liga giants Sevilla in the Champions League round of 16 last week.

The Red Devils can still finish the season with some silverware after Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion in the FA Cup quarter-final last weekend.

Speaking to CNN about Manchester United’s form this season, Mourinho insisted that the Red Devils have made improvements.

“I think really at this moment in the Premier League we have one team, one club clearly better prepared than us in the past few years to be first and we have 18 clubs behind us. One in front of us, 18 behind us,” Mourinho told CNN.

“In the future we want to have 19 clubs behind us but this is the reality. And the reality is for people with a brain, with sense, with common sense, with knowledge of what sports is, we are in a moment of transition.

“Being in a moment of transition and still manage to do what he did last season and win trophies and to do what we are trying to do this season, which is still trying to win a trophy, and try to be second. I think we are in a good position.”

Manchester United will take on fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley next month.

The Red Devils signed Chile international Alexis Sanchez in a swap deal from Arsenal in the January transfer window.

The 20-time English champions haven’t won the Premier League title since 2013 when Sir Alex Ferguson got his hands on his final title.

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