London: Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has admitted that a top-four Premier League finish may be the most that his side can hope to salvage from their desperate season.
A run of three losses in five games has seen the defending champions fall 15 points off the pace in the league, taking their tally of defeats to eight from 24 games.
United also face a fight to qualify for next season's Champions League, having slipped to seven points below the top four, and Rooney says that the time may have arrived to forget about the title.
"We know it's going to be extremely difficult to win the title," he told the BBC's Football Focus television programme, broadcast on Saturday, ahead of their game against Fulham.
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