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Man Utd must finnish 2nd – Jose Mourinho

Some pundits have claimed Liverpool and Tottenham have the edge over United, but the Red Devils boss is insistent that the league table does not lie

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has again taken aim at those who criticise his team, insisting his side deserve to finish second in the Premier League.

Goals from Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez against Swansea City sealed a fourth successive league win for the Red Devils – a result that leaves them two points ahead of third-placed Liverpool with a game in hand in the race to finish as runners-up behind Manchester City.

Despite that, Mourinho’s tactics have been criticised throughout the campaign, with some pundits claiming both Liverpool and Tottenham are better sides.

But given his side’s consistency, the former Chelsea boss has refuted those claims ahead of next week’s derby with City at the Etihad Stadium.

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“Manchester City is not important for me. What is important to me is that since the moment we left the first position, we have been second for the whole of the season,” he told reporters.

“We deserve to finish second no matter what the critics say. You all say the teams in third, fourth, fifth and sixth are all better than us, but they are not better than us. We have more points than them.

“We are going to fight in the seven matches we have left to go to finish second.”

Pep Guardiola’s side can wrap up the title race with victory over United at the weekend, with the Catalan set to claim a host of managerial awards at the end of a dominant campaign.

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But Mourinho – a long-term adversary of the former Barcelona boss – singled out Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal for special praise despite the Swans defeat on Saturday – just their second in the league since he took over in January.

And Mourinho believes that if the Liberty Stadium outfit survive relegation then their coach should be under consideration for prizes come the end of the season.

“This guy is going to keep Swansea in the Premier League, and when he does that he will be Manager of the Season,” Mourinho said having been joined in his press conference by his compatriot and opposite number. “He is going to save them.”

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