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Jose Mourinho: Man Utd can still finish in the top four after Liverpool loss

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says his side can still finish fourth despite falling further behind the Premier League's pacesetters with defeat at Liverpool on Sunday.

Man-United now sit sixth after 17 games, 11 points adrift of Chelsea in fourth and 19 behind leaders Liverpool.

Mourinho told SKY Sports, "[Can we] win the title? Of course not. But we can still finish fourth."

"It's not easy but for sure we are going to finish in the top six."

Xherdan Shaqiri's late double consigned United to their fifth league loss of the campaign, which means they have taken just 26 points from 17 games, BBC reported.

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That is their worst points total at this stage of a top-flight season since 1990-91.

"The strongest team won, but they won in the period when they were not stronger than us," Mourinho said of the match.

"In the first 20 minutes we could not breathe, the pressure was so intense. I am still tired looking at Andrew Robertson.

"In first 20 minutes there was a huge distance [between the teams]. They were better and stronger, they did everything better than us.

"But we managed to balance the game at 1-1. The second and third goals are hard. We lost the game with two rebounds."

The three goals conceded at Anfield mean United have now conceded 29 in the Premier League this season, one more than they did in the entirety of 2017-18.

It is also the most goals they have let in at this stage of a top-flight campaign since 1962-63.

The Portuguese had to make a late alteration to his starting line-up as Anfield when Chris Smalling, who signed a new long-term deal on Saturday, withdrew through injury and was replaced by Eric Bailly.

Meanwhile, Paul Pogba was an unused substitute, while Marouane Fellaini was introduced at half-time as Mourinho searched for inspiration.

But Mourinho brushed off claims his players 'weren't playing for him' when questioned in a post-match interview.

He said: "Are you calling the players dishonest? I believe they are honest. You believe they are dishonest.

Players give maximum every day, every minute. If the players don't do the maximum then you call them dishonest.

"The players on the pitch gave everything. We can't compare the intensity and physicality of Liverpool. In spite of that we were in the game until we conceded the third goal."

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My view: Jose Mourinho must be hallucinating to think that his Manchester United flops "can still finish in the top four," they are not consistent, so maybe a miracle can do it for them. Liverpool manager Jugen Klopp is out of excuses now. He's been building his team for several years now, if he finishes the season empty-handed, then surely it's time for him to move on, he has to win something, FA cup or carling cup. And What does Mourinho needs to do to get sacked?, Man-U's management board and Jose Mourinho are a big joke. How did Mourinho spend so much money and then says his side couldn't cope with Liverpool's intensity?, he's a disgrace and a shameful comment from a clueless manager. It is very clear that Mourinho is no longer interested in football management, he should retire and enjoy his millions.

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