• Manager believes gap can be closed by end of December
• United are 16 points off top, eight points behind top four
José Mourinho has retracted his claim that Manchester United now need “a miracle” to finish in the top four, but opted against making any firm predictions other than to say he was confident his team would finish above Everton.
Mourinho’s team are currently in seventh place, 16 points off Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table and eight adrift from the Champions League qualifying places. Arsenal are the visitors to Old Trafford on Wednesday and United go into the game on the back of damaging reports that Mourinho called Paul Pogba ‚“a virus” during a dressing-room outburst after the 2-2 draw against Southampton on Saturday.