Jose Mourinho insists Manchester United’s top-four hopes are not
“dead” but recognises that the Red Devils must stop dropping
points at Old Trafford to qualify for the Champions League via
their Premier League standing.
United, who can also make Europe’s premier competition by
winning the Europa League, were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw
against 10-man Bournemouth in an event-filled contest on
Saturday, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic missing a second-half penalty.
It was the 10th time United have drawn in the league this season
and the seventh at Old Trafford.
Fourth-place Manchester City are three points ahead of their rivals
with a game in hand, but Mourinho says all is not lost providing
United turn draws into wins.
“Are we dead in relation to the top four? No. We are not dead,”
Mourinho told reporters.
“There are matches to play, points to win, points to lose, points
to fight for.
“But the reality is we are losing too many points at home. If you
look at the points we have lost at home – all the matches where
we draw – if you accumulate these points, you are thinking about
10 or 12 and, with these points we would not just be speaking
about the top four, we would be speaking about the top two or
the top one.
“These matches at home against Hull [City], Burnley,
Bournemouth, Stoke [City], it is more of the same. We play well,
we start well, we have one chance in the first minute and another
in the third or fifth minute.
But then their goalkeeper gets
confident and he is eventually the man of the match.”