Jose Mourinho insists finishing as Premier League runners-up to Chelsea is an ‘attainable target’ for Manchester United this season.
Sixth-placed United are a mammoth 15 points behind runaway leaders Chelsea, but the gap to second-placed Tottenham is just five points ahead of Saturday’s clash with Bournemouth.
Although United still have a chance to add the FA Cup and Europa League to their EFL Cup they won last weekend, Mourinho insists they also have their eyes on as high a finish as possible in the Premier League table.
“The second position is very difficult but it’s very possible,” said Mourinho.
“First is impossible. Second is possible and we have to fight for it.
“The Europa League is very difficult, but it’s a target for us and, if we beat Rostov, we find ourselves in the quarter-final.
“Then we have to think really seriously about the Europa League because, in this moment, we are still in the last 16.
“Quarter-final, you smell the final and then, in a certain period of the season, I have to analyse my team, the players, the conditions of everyone and, if I have to make choices, I have to make choices.
“But choices that I would always share with my owners, with my board, but it’s not for now.
“For now it’s just play – play against Bournemouth, play against Rostov, play against Chelsea [in the FA Cup quarter-final], play against Rostov again, and then let’s see how we are in all the competitions, and try to make the right decisions.”