The Red Devils took a big step towards securing Champions League qualification for next season when they sealed a dramatic 3-2 comeback win over Manchester City at The Etihad, after having found themselves to be 2-0 down at half-time.
Two goals from Paul Pogba and one from Chris Smalling handed the Red Devils all three points against the bitter local rivals and put Manchester City’s title celebrations on hold.
Manchester United finished in sixth place last season and the Red Devils look poised to significantly improve on that this term.
The Red Devils are second in the table and Mourinho appears to be confident that his side will be able to cement their place in the top four before the season is out.
Speaking at his post-match news conference on Saturday, Mourinho said: “Mathematically I think we need six points to finish in the top four. That objective is the compulsory objective so we need six points in three matches at home and three away.
“So I’m pretty confident today has helped with that and to finish second I think is very important.
“I think we are four points ahead of Liverpool with one match in hand and we are four ahead of Spurs and City need to beat them to win the title. Our challenge is to finish second.”
Manchester United are still hoping to end the season with a trophy, with Mourinho’s men set to take on Tottenham Hotspur in the semi-finals at Wembley later this month.
The Red Devils will return to Premier League action on Sunday afternoon next week with a home clash against West Bromwich Albion.
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