In an interview with Sky Sports News on 11/02/2020, Jose Mourinho says that “fantastic’ Wolves and Sheffield United are contenders for the top four.
Newly-promoted Sheffield United currently sit in fifth place just two points behind Chelsea in fourth.
Wolves are back in ninth, after only winning one of their last eight games. However, with it being so tight in the middle, they remain only six points behind Chelsea and four points behind the Blades.
Mourinho praised the work that both bosses, Nuno Espirito Santo and Chris Wilder, have done at their clubs this season.
“Wolves and Sheffield United are fighting for the top four, [the managers] can say no, I understand if they say no, but the reality is that they are. Not just because of the position that they are in the table, it is because of the power and quality,” Mourinho told Sky Sports News.
If we(Sheffield United) don’t make it I’d love it to be wolves just to send it up those clubs that look down their noses at us.
— sam lewis (@sammyboy94sheff) February 10, 2020
Fans have their say online:
WolfLing was the first to comment on the announcement on Wolves Forum. He said: “I have a feeling that Jose will end up managing us at some point in the future. I also have the same feeling about Rafa Benitez. Don’t ask me why, just a hunch!!”
I think wolves are probably better equipped overall but we play Spurs, Wolves, Chelsea all at home and man u away, so practically in our hands and I never thought I’d say that with 12 to go #sufc
— Sparks (@marcusclay1978) February 11, 2020
John de Wolf’s hairdryer also commented on his views of Wolves finishing in the top flight, by saying: “Are we contenders? Yes. Will we do it? Only if we have a blistering end to the season, averaging more than 2 points per game over our last 13 fixtures. It’s a tall order, and we’d need a win this Friday to set it up as a remotely viable possibility. Yes, it’s do-able, but I ain’t holding my breath.”
Some fans do not have the same confidence as Mourinho.
SallyWolf took to the forum to say “Think we’re more likely to finish bottom half.1 win in 6 in league and that game we should never have won but Southampton gave it us. People seem to be forgetting we’re in very poor form and all of a sudden potential for top 4? Not a chance”
WolfInSheep’sClothing replied to Sally Wolf saying, “1 win in 6. Two of those were against liverpool. One against man united away. There isn’t a drop in form, it’s just a tough set of games. You all did this at the start of the season with talk about relegation, which now looks a little embarrassing.”
Wolves have had a difficult run of fixtures since the new year. They will now be hoping to get a result out of Friday night’s game against Leicester.
Both teams have been surprising for the Premier League this year. Both remain well and truly still in the race for a top-four finish and a Champions League spot.
With Wolves having played the majority of the top teams twice already , there should be no reason for them not to get back to winning ways and finish the season well.