Mourinho Claimed United Needed A 'Miracle' For Top Four, Solskjær's Done It In Seven Weeks

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has fulfilled José Mourinho's prayers after moving Manchester United back into the top four with a win over Fulham.

The 56-year-old Portuguese manager, who was sacked as Red Devils boss in December, claimed that it would be a "miracle" for his former side to finish in the top four after their disappointing start to the season.

"Last year, we said that getting into second place was a fantastic thing due to the qualities we had compared to the qualities of the other teams fighting for the top four," he told RedeTV! (via Sky Sports).

When the former Real Madrid, Chelsea and Inter Milan boss was asked about his objective for the rest of the season, he responded with a simple plan in mind: "Try to win as many points as possible and try almost the miracle to end in fourth."

Well, it looks like Mourinho's successor has put United back into the top-four picture.

Solskjær, who was appointed as caretaker manager until the end of the season, has achieved the Special One's miracle in seven weeks.

United beat Fulham 3-0 at Craven Cottage to move up to fourth place, but Chelsea could move ahead of the Red Devils with either a draw or win over Manchester City on Sunday.

Paul Pogba opened the scoring for United, with Anthony Martial finding the back of the net with a superb strike to double their lead in the first half.

The United midfielder, who has been in scintillating form under the 45-year-old Norwegian, completed his brace after he scored from the spot kick.

While there might be a long way before the season is done and dusted, recent stats showed how much United have improved under Solskjær compared to Mourinho.

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Adnan Riaz

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