Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho believes his side should be considered title candidates but only with an outside chance of winning the league.
The Red Devils finished sixth in the Premier League last campaign, seven points off the Champions League places and 24 points adrift of champions Chelsea.
Mourinho, who won the League Cup and Europa League in first season in charge, is trying to keep expectations under control following some promising signings this transfer window.
âI donât think weâreÂ bigÂ candidates for the title, but weâre [candidates],â said Mourinho.
âWeâre better than last season and the spirit is fantastic. The confidence levels are good and I think the fact we had some kind of success last season also was important to relax some personalities.
âThey feel more confident to go into the Champions League without being a candidate. Thatâs good. We went into the Europa League with the tag of favourites â and thatâs not easy to have.
âI think another fact is that everybody of the top seven â because I have to put Everton in the top seven â is in Europe next season.
âLast season, Chelsea and Liverpool werenât in Europe and that gave them a chance to be better and stronger than the others in the championship.â