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“Every Team Got Better And We Didn't”: Jose Mourinho Surprised By Quality Of Top Four

Mourinho's side have been left for dead this season
Mourinho's side have been left for dead this season

Jose Mourinho has admitted that his side did not improve in the summer despite signing both Fred and Diogo Dalot for a combined fee of £80m. He has also come out and said that all the other top teams have improved, even though Spurs did not make a single singing in the summer transfer window.

Mourinho said: "The distance [between United and top four] is something I couldn't predict, you always think in a positive way, you always think the distance is not going to be so big.

"But I said clearly, last season we didn't get the credit we deserved. To finish second, to play the FA Cup final and to qualify as winners in our Champions League group - we didn't get the credit we deserved at all.

"All the teams they got better, Spurs was the team that did not make a direct investment, but the best investment is to keep the top players that you have. So every team got better and we didn't, so I was expecting difficulties for this season but my target is still the top four."

United are currently eight points off the top four, but that gap could increase to a whopping 11 points if they fall to defeat to Unai Emery’s side. A top four finish is looking increasingly unlikely whilst a top six finish is also now looking like a battle although United will go back into sixth if they bag all three points.

This will be a huge test for United who will be desperate to get back to winning ways after a tough few weeks.

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