Mourinho adamant United's top-four hopes are not dead

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho remains optimistic over his side's chances of clinching Champions League qualification.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho   -  Getty Images

Jose Mourinho insists Manchester United's top-four hopes are not "dead" but recognises that the Red Devils must stop dropping points at Old Trafford to qualify for the Champions League via its Premier League standing.

United, who can also make Europe's premier competition by winning the Europa League, was held to a frustrating 1-1 draw against 10-man Bournemouth in an event-filled contest on Saturday, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic missing a second-half penalty.

It was the 10th time United have drawn in the league this season and the seventh at Old Trafford.

Fourth-place Manchester City is three points ahead of its rival with a game in hand, but Mourinho says all is not lost providing United turn draws into wins.

"Are we dead in relation to the top four? No. We are not dead," Mourinho told reporters. 

"There are matches to play, points to win, points to lose, points to fight for.

"But the reality is we are losing too many points at home. If you look at the points we have lost at home - all the matches where we draw - if you accumulate these points, you are thinking about 10 or 12 and, with these points we would not just be speaking about the top four, we would be speaking about the top two or the top one.

"These matches at home against Hull [City], Burnley, Bournemouth, Stoke [City], it is more of the same. We play well, we start well, we have one chance in the first minute and another in the third or fifth minute. But then their goalkeeper gets confident and he is eventually the man of the match."

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