We’ve learnt down the years not to take Jose Mourinho at his word.
Where the special one is involved you can normally guarantee there is an ulterior motive to what can be ordinary words.
He’s normally the first to tell you he isn’t interested in a player or that his team have no chance.
But before United’s weekend fixture with Huddersfield Town, Mourinho told reporters what we have been thinking for a while now.
City have won the title and all the rest of the top six can do is fight for second place.
Yes City are 15 points ahead of their bitter rivals but we can’t imagine these kinds of words coming out of the mouth of Sir Alex Ferguson.
If both teams continue to pick up points at the average rate they have this season City could be the earliest winners of the Premier League in history.
“We need points to be the first of the last,” said Mourinho. “We have to try to finish second, we are in this position all season, we first for a few weeks and then we were always second.”
United led the league for the first four weeks of the season before City climbed above them on goal difference and never looked back.
“The fight is open for second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth but is practically closed for the first.”
It is pretty clear that Mourinho is just saying what everyone else is thinking, isn’t it?
We’ve got another theory.
City have been so good this year and obliterated nearly all that has been put in front of them, special mention to Liverpool here, but could Mourinho be trying to lull Pep Guardiola’s men into a false sense of security?
United play two bottom half sides before a crunch match against Mourinho’s old side Chelsea at Old Trafford at the end of February.
The Red Devils then host Liverpool and visit Crystal Palace as preparation for what could be a title match for Man City at the Etihad on April 7.
You need to hope you’ve got in Pep’s head here Jose.
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