Jose Mourinho: Manchester United could still have a bad season

by Leo Nieboer

Jose Mourinho has made it clear that Manchester United could still finish outside the top four despite their superb start to the season.

Man United have claimed 32 goals in total this season, dropping just two points and conceding just twice in the Premier League whilst cruising to easy wins in Champions League games against FC Basel and CSKA Moscow.

They travel to Liverpool and Huddersfield in the Premier League next and then welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Old Trafford during October.

And Mourinho, speaking to Portuguese media outlet Record, made it clear that United, despite their positive start, haven’t achieved anything of note just yet.

“Nothing [has] happened yet,” he noted. “Last year the season started much harder and ended very well, this year it started very well and we don’t know how it will end.”

“In another league it could be said that a team that starts with seven wins and a draw would almost mean the title.

“But in England it doesn’t mean anything, not even that we will finish in the first four places.”

Two years ago, United went into the October international break top of the table and looking confident ahead of their visit to Arsenal.

And as United gear up for another trip to a rival side in the same predicament, they ought to be aware of how their season unfolded following that 3-0 battering at the Emirates. It was United’s first big test of the season and they failed it, paving the way for more of the same further down the line. They were sixth just two months later.

Needless to say, Mourinho cannot let history repeat itself. This is their first big test of the season – a game in which they will have to suffer times – and the psychological boost from coming away from Anfield with a win could be pivotal.

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