Jose Mourinho has declared that he believes Manchester United will finish either fourth, fifth or sixth in the Premier League this season.
The former Red Devils manager, who was sacked last December, has kept a close eye on the club since his departure and believes they will challenge for a Champions League place in the coming months.
After a mixed start to the season, United currently sit sixth on eight points out of a possible 15.
Ahead of their trip to West Ham on Saturday, Mourinho told Sky of his thoughts on the club’s objectives: “From the outside I think they will finish between fourth and sixth.
“But that’s my point of view and I don’t think they are capable of fighting for top two, of course.
“I think [it] would be a good achievement for them to finish top four and to be back to the Champions League.”
In their opening game, Man United beat Chelsea 4-0 and suddenly looked as if they could be in for a more promising season than many initially thought.
However, since then, draws with Wolves and Southampton, as well as a shock home defeat to Palace, have set Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s man back.
“I think it’s very, very important for everybody to share and agree with the objectives,” Mourinho continued.
“I don’t know I’m just trying to guess.
“If internally the objective is to try to finish top four and to build from there, and not at all think this season [about] fighting the title, I think it’s the perfect environment to try to bring some young players and to try to build something for the future.”