Jose Mourinho has admitted that Manchester United cannot win the Premier League title, insisting that they must now focus on finishing second.
Manchester City currently lead the Premier League by 15 points, with 13 games of the season remaining.
City have lost just once in 2017-18 - to Liverpool - and have drawn just twice, while United have suffered four defeats and recorded five draws.
"We need points to be the first of the last," he told reporters.
"We have to try to finish second, we are in this position all season, we were first for a few weeks and then we were always second.
"The fight is open for second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth but is practically closed for the first."
However, Mourinho says United have improved since the end of last season, and maintains that they are focused on silverware.
"We're doing better than last season and it's very important for us to do better than last season," he added.
"We are trying to win something this season, and if not, we will try to be stronger for next season."