Manchester United written off for Premier League title by Jose Mourinho

Chelsea manager rules Red Devils out of the title race following Sunday’s 3-1 victory at Stamford Bridge

Manchester United written off for Premier League title by Jose Mourinho

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January 20th, 2014

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The bookmakers now have Manchester United at 100/1 to retain their Premier League title following Sunday’s defeat against Chelsea, with the champions now sitting fourteen points behind leaders Arsenal.

United played reasonably well at Stamford Bridge although a Samuel Eto’o hat-trick proved their undoing and their misery was compounded when Nemanja Vidic was sent off in injury-time after a lunge on Eden Hazard.

Jose Mourinho saw his team close the gap on Arsenal and Manchester City, although the Portuguese has now ruled United out of the title race and believes they have too many points to make up on the leaders.

“Maybe if I say [United are out of title contention], some people from United would ask: ‘Who am I to say that?'” Mourinho said. “But I don’t think David will be upset if I say the reality: 14 points difference and 13 and 12 [to the others]. Can they recover to one of those teams? They can but to three of them? It needs three teams to have almost a collapse. What I hope they do is to beat all of them to finish top four.”

David Moyes has refused to give up the fight for the title, although the prospects of United finishing in the top four currently look remote, with Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton all ahead of the Red Devils and the Toffees have a chance to go further clear of their former manager by beating West Brom on Monday.

“What we won’t do is throw the towel in until we can’t get there [to the title]. The job is to try to finish first. There are no clever answers: it’s the next game. We’d lost one in six before today in the league and I didn’t think there was a big difference between the teams today. The difference was our defending to set-pieces.

“Confidence is fine. It’s a difficult task but it’s perseverance … doing what is right. We have players to come back and this is a project that I’m going to improve as we go along. It’s a massive challenge. I’d hoped I’d be in a far better position than this but we’re not. As a football person, it’s a great challenge to have. Of course, I was hoping to win more and compete a bit more but that’ll come.”

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