Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes Manchester United can still challenge for a Champions League qualification spot this season.
Jose Mourinho‘s men are currently nine points off fourth-placed Man City in the Premier League table following another draw against Everton on Sunday.
The Portuguese boss has overseen the club’s worse ever start to a Premier League campaign as his side currently sit 13 points behind leaders Chelsea.
Speaking about United, he claims they can still return to the Champions League next year after missing out on this season’s competition.
“I saw the games against Stoke and Burnley, and other ones at Old Trafford,” he said.
“They deserved by far to win the games but football is like this. United have the quality, the history, the manager and the players to be there.
“Of course, 13 points is a long distance, especially when one team is winning games with the quality of Chelsea. So it is not easy. But to be in the first four? Of course.”
It will be hard to resurrect our title hopes, as Guardiola as suggested, but anything is possible and a Champions League qualification certainly isn’t off the table.
Although Man United haven’t picked up the results their performances have warranted, the key is that showings have improved, it’s just a case of everything clicking under Mourinho.