Jose Mourinho has backed Manchester United manager David Moyes to turn things around at Old Trafford after three defeats on the bounce have left people asking questions of the Scot.
United have been on a poor run of late which means they are 11 points behind Arsenal at the top of the table and five points behind the Champions League places.
2014 has started badly for Moyes and Manchester United having been knocked out of the FA Cup by Swansea and losing the first leg of their League Cup semi-final against Sunderland.
But Mourinho says Manchester United can still have a good season, and that Moyes can be a success at Old Trafford.
Speaking at his press conference ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Hull City, Mourinho said: ‘I don’t think they have a problem. They qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League which is an important objective for a big club.
‘They lost in the FA Cup but they lost the FA Cup against a Premier League team and they are in good condition to be in the Capital One Cup Final. At this moment they’re not in the Premier League [title race] but they could be at the end of the season they could be.
‘I don’t feel there’s any problem for David, he works. Better results will arrive and will be for many years at the club.’
Though he says the task facing United is difficult, Mourinho is wary of completely ruling United out of the title race.
He said: ‘I keep saying the same thing, Man United is 11 points from the leader, 11 points with half a season to go is quite a lot. But Man United is Man United. The culture, the tradition, the quality of the players. If they manage to win four or five matches in a row which they can do and other people loses points I think they’ll fight to the end. The title is their title I don’t think they’re going to throw it away without a fight.’
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