Mourinho confident Man Utd can be in the top four by end of 2018

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The Portuguese boss has backed his team to secure a spot in the Champions League places over the next few weeks

Jose Mourinho is optimistic that his Manchester United side can move into the top four by the end of the year, despite a disastrous start to the campaign.

The Red Devils are eighth in the Premier League after 12 matches, having conceded a whopping 21 goals and already seem to be out of the title race after suffering four defeats.

Their most recent loss came just before the international break at the hands of Manchester City, which left them 12 points adrift of their arch-rivals at the top of the table.

However, Mourinho remains defiant in the face of adversity and has insisted in a press conference on Friday that his players can turn things around before the new year.

"I know it’s a big gap but I also know until the end of December if I’m not wrong we have eight Premier League matches to play, and eight Premier League matches we are speaking about 24 points," the Portuguese boss said.

"That's 24 points for us to fight for and the other ones in the top four to fight too but I believe we are going to be there."

Next up for United is a home clash against Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon, which is a must-win game for the club to reduce the seven point gap between themselves and fourth-placed Tottenham.

Mourinho went on to discuss how the Red Devils can improve their form at Old Trafford, while praising the fans for their continued support.

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"The supporters cannot do more than what they are doing," he added. "We went through a difficult period of results and the supporters were fantastic, they support them team and in some matches even push the team to different levels, we cannot ask more from them.

"It’s up to us to go to an even better level, for them.

"And of course we need points, results, we need good performances so is up to us, we were playing well and getting good results until the one bad game of the last period."

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