Jose Mourinho admits he cannot guarantee Manchester United’s hope for top-four this season — but is adamant they will finish above Everton.
This shows how far struggling United have fallen this season that boss Mourinho now sees merit in finishing above the Toffees, who enter this midweek round of matches in sixth in the Premier League — a place above United on goal difference.
Everton may have spent more than £250million over the past two years to push their claim for a top-four place.
But few United fans will be happy to see the manager judge finishing above them as something to be celebrated.
Manchester hope for top four will solely be determined by today’s result.
United, who host fourth-placed Arsenal on Wednesday, are already eight points adrift of the Champions League spots and could see that gap widen to 11 if Unai Emery’s resurgent side win at Old Trafford today.