Jose Mourinho says his Manchester United side have enjoyed a 'much better' season in the Premier League than they did in his first year in charge.
The Red Devils manager was speaking after watching Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku score in a 2-0 win at Bournemouth, which lifted United four points clear of Liverpool in the race to finish second in the table behind champions Manchester City.
We already have more points than at the end of last season, with more goals, with less goals conceded.Jose Mourinho
And the former Chelsea boss is pleased to see progress being made, while accepting that City have been in a class of their own for much of the campaign.
Mourinho told his post-match press conference: "This season of course was a much better season in the Premier League for us than the last one. The last one we finished sixth.
"I know that the Europa League was a target and you lose a little bit of focus. From a certain moment the Europa League was fundamental and we lost a few points in the Premier League, but still a much better season.
"We are quite safe in the top four. We have big chances to finish second. We already have more points than at the end of last season, with more goals, with less goals conceded.
"I don't say we could be champions. I don't say that because Manchester City are much better than us - the difference in points shows that."
United turn their attentions to FA Cup semi-final action this weekend, when they face Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley at teatime on Saturday.
The men from Manchester are 11/10 to reach the final, with Spurs available at 4/6, while Lukaku can be backed at 2/1 to score at any time in the game.
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