Jose Mourinho says 'fantastic' Wolves and Sheffield United are contenders for top four

"The reality is that they are [fighting for the top four]... because of the power and quality," Mourinho tells Sky Sports News

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Last Updated: 11/02/20 12:04pm

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says Wolves and Sheff Utd deserve to be taken seriously as contenders to finish in the Premier League top four this season
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Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says Wolves and Sheff Utd deserve to be taken seriously as contenders to finish in the Premier League top four this season

Wolves and Sheffield United are both genuine contenders for the top four positions in the Premier League, according to Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho has heaped praise on the work both Nuno Espirito Santo and Chris Wilder have done with their respective clubs this season.

The newly-promoted Blades sit fifth just two points off Chelsea in fourth, while Wolves are in ninth on 35 points - despite having had to contend with extra fixtures in the Europa League.

Mourinho understands if Wilder and Nuno themselves do not consider their sides to be in the race to qualify for the Champions League but says their performances so far this season and their January recruitment suggest otherwise.

FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Sheffield United's win against Bournemouth in the Premier League
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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Sheffield United's win against Bournemouth in the Premier League

"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.

"They arrive in this situation wherein the eyes of everybody [else], they should be more than happy - they are not more than happy.

"Wolves bought an important player to try and improve their situation.

"Sheffield United bought an important player and beat their record in the market to try to improve their team.

"It's not just about Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton. It's not just about us.

"These two clubs I have to say... fantastic."

Sheffield United's charge towards the Champions League places gathered momentum as a 2-1 win over Bournemouth on Sunday took them to within two points of Chelsea in fourth.

Chelsea host Manchester United next week on Monday Night Football, where a win for the visitors would take them to within three points of Frank Lampard's side.