Jorge Mendes: Rumours Jose Mourinho is leaving Manchester United 'totally untrue'

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Rio Ferdinand has admitted that Manchester United's rivals are a "cut above" Jose Mourinho's side at the moment.

The Switzerland global has been linked with a switch to Old Trafford as Mourinho is desperate for a new centre-back to turn United's season around. However, at his news conference, Emery said it was too soon to give an exact estimate. "So we have to keep working".

'Another thing is if they stop, or if the Financial Fair Play makes them stop and then we can close the gap a little bit better.

Having lost to Manchester City in mid-November, they have since drawn three successive matches in the league and now sit eight points adrift of the top four as the festive season fast approaches.

One thing is for certain, however, at least according to his agent.

Asked how long it will before United challenge for the title again, Mourinho said: "I don't know".

Under Pep Guardiola, City have spent around £527m while United have splashed £382.5m over the same two-and-a-half-year period under Mourinho.

The Red Devils' most recent result saw them play out a 2-2 draw against Arsenal, a performance which Mourinho felt was an improvement on their other recent league outings.

Mourinho has cut a frustrated figure at Old Trafford this season as his team have struggled for consistency.

Emery guided his side to victory over Spurs without the World Cup victor last weekend before taking a point from Old Trafford.

The Gunners have a host of other players carrying injuries but every one of Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal is being assessed ahead of the match and could play. He didn't play Juventus, he didn't play, I think, Chelsea away.

"I think it is our main goal for now to get into the top four and we are going to fight for that and I think are will get there".



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