Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea raised the white flag in the Premier League title race following their 2-2 draw against Arsenal on Wednesday
The Red Devils twice came back from a goal down to draw with Arsenal at Old Trafford after goals from Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard.
But dropping another two points on Wednesday leaves United trailing leaders Manchester City by 18 points in eighth-place.
And De Gea, whose error led to Shkodran Mustafi’s 26th-minute opener for Arsenal, admits that a league title is way out of the question.
“It’s been a bad season so far for us to be honest,” said De Gea, according to Daily Mirror.
“We’re in a poor league position. We’re Manchester United and we should be challenging for the title.
“We’re far behind and it’ll be impossible for us to win it, our aim is to qualify for the Champions League.”
However, the Spaniard did defend under-fire coach Jose Mourinho as United’s struggles continue.
“He’s the coach. We all have to be united,” added De Gea.
“The players, coaching staff and the coach. We’re all pulling in the same direction and moving forward together.
“There might be a lot of criticism of the coach, but the ones that go out on the pitch are the players, the ones that score the goals are the players and we all have to think about what we can do to improve.”
United will next face Fulham at home on Saturday.