Jose Mourinho has bluntly conceded Manchester United are the only team from the Premier League‘s traditional top six who have failed to become better.
United sit in seventh as they prepare to host Arsenal on Wednesday night and are eight points adrift of Unai Emery’s side in fourth. Should United suffer a fifth league defeat of the season to the Gunners then they could drop as low as 10th by the end of the night.
Mourinho’s downbeat mood in pre-season set the tone for the competitive campaign, with the United manager frustrated by the club’s failure to clinch two of his priority targets. Champions Manchester City strengthened their attack with the £60million Riyad Mahrez, Liverpool spent £170m and Chelsea reinforced their squad with a £128m outlay.
Arsenal have been re-energised by new coach Unai Emery and, although Tottenham became only the second Premier League club not to make an addition in the transfer window era, Mourinho marvelled at their internal investment in that they kept all of their players.
He said: “The distance, the 16, the eighth, the 12, the four, the five, 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 told clearly that last season we did not get the credit we deserve. I think last season, to finish second and to play the FA Cup final and to qualify in the Champions League group as first, last season at all we didn’t get the credit we deserve.