Jose Mourinho has claimed Manchester United’s title chances next season depend on rivals Manchester City.
Mourinho admits it will be “almost impossible” to stop Pep Guardiola’s side, if they repeat their form from this season.
Champions City are 13 points clear of United and on course to smash the Premier League points record of 95 set by Mourinho’s Chelsea in 2004/2005.
When asked if his United’s recent form bodes well for next season, Mourinho said: “It depends what the direct opponents do.
“If they do the same number of points it will be almost impossible. If they get into the 90-something points it will be almost impossible.
“I was champion with Chelsea with 95 [points, in 2005] . That’s the reason why we were champions three months before the end of the season — give no chance to the opponent.
“That’s what Manchester City did [this season] .
“We had periods of winning matches and waiting for them to lose a couple of points. They never did it.
“Even when they were almost losing points they managed to win against Bournemouth in minute 145 [Raheem Sterling scored their winner TEN minutes into added time ] ! And some other matches where they won in minute 90-something.
“They were really, really, really strong. That’s why there’s no question in the country about who deserves to be champion.”