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Jose Mourinho has played down Manchester United’s chances of winning the Premier League title this season.

Manchester United have started the season poorly with the Red Devils currently eighth in the Premier League, nine points off leaders Manchester City.

Mourinho insists he sees little point in discussing United’s title chances and is instead more concerned by the five-point gap between Manchester United and fourth-placed Arsenal.

Mourinho expects Manchester United to be around the Champions League spots by the end of December.

“When you are outside the top four you shouldn’t speak about the title race,” Mourinho said.

“When you are top four, which I believe we are going to be, then you can look up and see the distance.

“You can look at the situation. At the moment injuries, suspensions, form… we’re outside the top four so the point now is to get the points we need and get there by the end of December like I expect to be.

“We’ll be in a better position. By the end of December, the end of the first half, we are not going to be in the position we are now.”