Jose Mourinho expects the top six places to be occupied by the teams many will expect to be there by the end of the season.
Jose Mourinho says Manchester United should never be seventh in the Premier League, but insists his side will finish in the top six.
United find themselves 16 points behind league leaders Manchester City after 14 games and face a battle to qualify for the Champions League via a top-four finish.
Mourinho’s side host fourth-placed Arsenal on Wednesday as they seek their first league win since November 3, but despite their poor form the United boss is confident they will climb the table.
“I can agree Manchester United should never be in seventh, in spite of the phenomenal investment Everton made and obviously the great improvement in their team from last season,” said Mourinho.
“But I don’t think Everton is going to be in front of Manchester United by the end of the season. I think clearly everybody knows that there are six teams that should all of them stay in the first six positions.
“Everyone knows that two of these teams are staying outside the top four, last season it was Arsenal and Chelsea and this season two of the six are going to stay outside of the top four.
“Who is the best team of the six? Who is the team with the most potential? Who is the team with the least potential? Who is the team that is performing better? Who is not performing so well?
“I think we will be around the questions and the answers, but I think in the end of the season top six will be done by the six we all know to have the responsibility to finish in the top six.”