Jose Mourinho: 'Manchester United not yet out of title race'

Jose Mourinho does not believe that Manchester United are yet out of the Premier League title race.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that Manchester United will not be out of the Premier League title race until it is a mathematical impossibility.

Consecutive home defeats have seen the Red Devils fall to ninth, 13 points behind leaders Arsenal, but Mourinho said that there is still time for them to get back into the hunt.

"I think it's going to be difficult for them," BBC Sport quotes Mourinho as saying. "It's not just because they're 13 points behind Arsenal but also because they're eight points behind us and Liverpool, and seven behind Manchester City.

"So United have to recover points not just to a single team but other teams. But the culture of Manchester United is there, and the power and tradition is there. Never say Manchester United are out of the race unless it is mathematically possible."

Mourinho's Chelsea take on Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho prior to kick-off against Sunderland during their Premier League match on December 4, 2013
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2Manchester UnitedMan Utd23155348163250
3Liverpool23138254282647
4Chelsea23145441162547
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs23135546212544
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16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2358101729-1223
17Southampton2349102334-1121
18Stoke CityStoke2355132350-2720
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom23310101830-1219
20Swansea CitySwansea2345141435-2117
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