Jose Mourinho believes Manchester United can nonetheless safe a top-four end within the Premier League, pronouncing an unkind fixture checklist is partially responsible for his or her early season struggles.
United are languishing in 8th position within the desk, 5 issues from a Champions League qualification place, as they get ready to consult with Bournemouth on Saturday.
But the executive believes his team had been hindered via a sequence of inauspicious back-to-back away fixtures, bringing up the truth they should shuttle to Manchester City within the Premier League on November 11, 4 days after a Champions League travel to Juventus, and that they consult with Liverpool in December after a European away game against Valencia.
He didn’t point out that United have additionally had back-to-back home games thrice throughout all competitions already this season and feature handiest performed two of the current peak six of their opening 10 league games.
Mourinho, in his pre-match press convention, mentioned he believed the image at Old Trafford could be rosier firstly of the New Year.
“I all the time say that in any case of the season you play 19 suits at home and away and it doesn’t topic when however the truth is that the way in which the fixtures are coming, occasionally they have got a power within the second.
“We had a double fixture away in September (at Burnley and Watford). Now we now have a double away league fixture at Bournemouth and Manchester City.
“We can have Juventus away before we move to Manchester City, and we can have Valencia away before Liverpool.
“In this a part of the season, we play away against most likely the 3 largest applicants for the identify, in Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City, so the calendar was once no longer great to us.
“But I feel via the top of December, which is the top of the first part of the Premier League season, we don’t seem to be going to be within the place we at the moment are. We shall be in a greater place.”
Mourinho has refused to rule out a problem for the identify however says the first precedence should be to climb into the highest 4.
“When you are outside the top four I don’t think you should speak about the title,” he mentioned. “When you are in the top four, which I believe we are going to be, you can look up, see the distance, look to the fixtures, to the calendar.”
He declined to expose whether or not striker Romelu Lukaku could be recalled at Bournemouth, having been dropped after going 8 games with out scoring.
The supervisor additionally mentioned he was once “100 percent not guilty” of the usage of foul language after being cleared via an unbiased panel of a Football Association fee.
Mourinho was once accused of flawed habits for remarks he allegedly made in Portuguese after their 3-2 Premier League win over Newcastle on October 6.
He has have shyed away from a touchline ban after the fee was once discovered “not proven”, despite the fact that it’s understood that the FA is thinking about an enchantment.
However, Mourinho mentioned that the explanation United went to such lengths to contest the fee, striking ahead detailed linguistic research and bringing up precedents of different soccer figures swearing all over suits, was once as a result of he was once satisfied of his innocence.
“You know the reason why I ask the club and lawyers to appeal was because I was 100 percent sure that I was not guilty of these charges but you never know how it ends,” he mentioned.