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Mourinho: We want to close the top four gap

Manchester United’s form in the Premier League this season has been abysmal. Whether it’s a tough or weak opponent we’re facing at the weekend, fans no longer know what to expect because of this team’s inconsistency.

Southampton come to Old Trafford on Saturday for a league game that should almost guarantee three points for the Reds, but the same was said a week ago when another relegation battling side took a point from a scoreless draw at the Theatre of Dreams.

If anything, that result will give Mark Hughes’ men hope against the mighty United. Jose Mourinho’s men need to bring the fear factor back to Old Trafford and march The Saints off the pitch.

Anyhow, this is the first of eight games in December and it’s a great chance for the lads to turn their season around over the Christmas period.

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Mourinho spoke to the press on Friday morning and said the following about the upcoming run of games, as quoted by Manchester Evening News.

“Yeah I told you that before Crystal Palace, it was November but was for me the start of a period and we lost two points, we need points and we have now in spite of a Champions League match in December but is a Champions League match different, we can now focus on the Premier League, not even cup matches yet, cup is for January and we need points.

“We want to improve our position in the table, we want to close the gap to the top four, we want to be smelling these positions, if not there then just behind then just smelling for the second part of the season. But everybody for different reasons need points so it’s not like we go to Southampton and they don’t need, is not just one team for high level of motivation. So we are going to have a very difficult match against a team that I know are not going to have any problems, the team, squad is good, the club is very well organised for many many years, they are not going to stay in that part of a table for a long time so difficult match for us.”

Mourinho’s men are currently seventh in the table which is unacceptably low for the most successful club in English football history.

To get back to where we belong – the top of the league – is going to take time. It won’t happen this season as we’re not consistent enough or better than the teams challenging, but we can climb back into the top four.

The game this weekend against Southampton is a must win. Every game in the league is a must win this month.

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