For the majority, Manchester United have been playing second-fiddle to Manchester City in the Premier League title race.
Following a poor loss away at Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday, coupled with City beating West Bromwich Albion, the Red Devils slipped to fifteen points behind in the title race.
Ahead of United’s home game against Huddersfield Town, manager Jose Mourinho has admitted defeat in their chase to make it #21, by admitting that the best the club can hope for is now a second-placed finish.
“The game is important for us because we need points to be the first of the last,” the Portuguese told reporters, including the Daily Mail.
“We have to try to finish second.”
“We are in this position all season. We were first for a few weeks and then I think we were always second.
“I don’t remember us being maybe third, but not fourth, fifth or sixth.
“We have been there since the beginning of the season, better than last season in every aspect: better in points, better in the position in the table, number of goals scored, the number of goals we concede.”
To be brutally honest, it’s tough to disagree with the self-proclaimed Special One. Sometimes you just have to admit defeat and City are looking mightily impressive right now. They’re walking away with the title and deserve all the accolades that are coming their way.
That doesn’t mean United have had a poor season, though. Putting the Spurs loss aside, we’ve looked pretty solid for the most part and we’re improving under Mourinho. Last season we finished way outside the top four, looking pretty dull in the process.
However, this campaign we’ve been sat in second throughout, that’s a vast improvement and don’t forget that we still have a chance to make a run in the Champions League and FA Cup. Don’t put it past Mourinho to lead us all the way in one of those tournaments.