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Mourinho swerves questions over title chances & January signings

11:05 AM GMT 02/11/2018
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Reports have suggested the Old Trafford boss wants new additions in the New Year, but he was not forthcoming with information on the subject

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has refused to address speculation that he wants two new signings in the January transfer window.

The Portuguese coach is reported to want a new defender and striker in the New Year to help inspire a late push for the Premier League title.

But when asked about the possibility of making a flurry of signings, Mourinho quashed such suggestions by implying he would prefer to focus on his current squad.

"I think in this moment we have to focus on ourselves and to do better or get better results," he told the media ahead of the trip to Bournemouth on Saturday.

"I think is very difficult for example to go to Stamford Bridge and do better what we did in terms of performance, we had three points in our pocket and left with only one. 

"In other matches we should have better results and until end of December we have to focus on what we have in potential, problems with quality and try to go.

"In this moment we are outside the top four and we have to push hard and to work hard and try to get into this top four position."

Reports this week have also indicated that Mourinho has not given up on a late bid to win the title, despite his United side being nine points off the pace after 10 games.

Manchester City and Liverpool are tied on 26 points at the top, with Chelsea and Arsenal two and four points behind respectively.

Mourinho's target however is achieving automatic qualification for the Champions League.

United are five points off fourth-placed Arsenal and Mourinho feels that represents a far more achievable goal.

"When you are outside the top four I don’t think you should speak about title," he added.

"When you are top four you can look up, see the distance, look to the fixtures, to the calendar.

"You can look to the situation at the moment, injuries, suspensions, form and then you can feel it, but in this moment we are outside top four.

"So the point is now to get the points we need to try and be in the end of December in a better position than we are in now."