Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has finally given up on his quest to close the gap between his team and Manchester City who are galloping away.
The United boss was quoted by BBC Sport to say: “Manchester City are “practically impossible” to keep pace with as they close in on the title.
The comment came up after City won 3-1 at Everton on Saturday, meaning they will clinch the title – their first since 2013-14 – by beating United at Etihad Stadium next weekend.
However, second-placed United who beat Swansea 2-0 earlier and hoped that City could drop points earned 68 points after 31 games, but still trail Pep Guardiola’s side by 16 points.
“In other leagues we would be fighting for the title,” Mourinho was quoted by the source.
However the Portuguese also believes that United are on course for their highest finish in the Premier League since winning the 2012-13 title in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in charge.
United have since then finished seventh, fourth, fifth and sixth in their past four campaigns even though they won two trophies (League Cup and Europa League) last season despite finishing sixth position.
But Jose Mourinho who had earlier debunked criticisms against his side strongly believe that United is still work in progress.