Jose Mourinho says Manchester United can still finish fourth despite falling behind the pacesetters of the Premier League at Liverpool on Sunday with defeat.
United sit after 17 matches adrift of Chelsea in Liverpool.
“[Could we] win the name? Certainly not.
“It isn’t simple but for sure we intend to finish in the top six.”
Xherdan Shaqiri’s overdue double consigned United for their fifth league loss of the campaign, which means they have taken just 26 points out of 17 games.
That’s their worst points total at this time of a season since 1990-91.
“The most powerful team won, however they won in the time when these were not stronger than people,” Mourinho said of this match.
“In the first 20 seconds we could not breathe, the pressure has been really intense. I am tired looking at Andrew Robertson.
“Initially 20 minutes there was a massive space [between the teams]. These certainly were stronger, they did all better.
“But we managed to balance the match at 1-1. The next and third aims are all hard. We lost the match two rebounds.”
The three aims conceded at Anfield mean than they did in 2017-18’s entirety 2-9 has been conceded by United at the Premier League that season.
It is also the goals they’ve let in this time of a effort since 1962-63.
The Portuguese had to earn a late modification to his starting line up as Anfield when Chris Smalling, who signed a fresh longterm agreement on Saturday, withdrew through injury and has been replaced by Eric Bailly.
Meanwhile, Paul Pogba had been an artificial substitute, as Mourinho searched for inspiration while Marouane Fellaini premiered in halftime.
But Mourinho brushed off claims his players’weren’t playing for him’ when contested in a post-match interview.
He explained:”Have you been calling the players shady? I really believe they have been fair. You think they have been dishonest. Players give maximum daily, every minute. You call them unethical When the players do not perform exactly the maximum.
“The players to the pitch gave every thing. We can not compare physicality and the strength of Liverpool. Regardless of the we were at the match until we conceded the third aim.”