Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has admitted it has been a “difficult season and it will take “a miracle” to finish in the top four this season.
United are currently in seventh place, 16 points behind leaders Manchester City and eight adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal.
If Mourinho’s men lose to the Gunners at Old Trafford on Wednesday, they could be 11 points off fourth.
“Last year I said that being in second place was a fantastic thing, due to the qualities we had compared to the qualities of the other teams that are fighting for the top four.
“This year, with more problems, we have had proof of what I said in the the start of the season — that it would be a very difficult season.
“The aim is to try to win as many points as possible and try almost a miracle to finish fourth,” Mourinho told Brazilian television network RedeTV.