José Mourinho claims he "feels sorry" for David Moyes and Manchester United.

The champions have plummeted to seventh and their 2-2 draw with Premier League basement club Fulham has seen them fall nine points behind Liverpool in fourth, let alone the 15 they are behind pace-setters Chelsea.

It is becoming increasingly likely United's 18-year run in the Champions League will end under Moyes, and Mourinho has sympathy with their plight.

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Mourinho has never lost against a Moyes side with Chelsea


"I feel sorry for them," Mourinho said. "I never enjoy it when somebody is having some problems, like they're having. But United are United. David is experienced enough to cope with the situation, and the future will be better for them.

"Yes, he's the right man for the job. They can still make the top four. It won't be easy, they know that. They know they are in the limit for the top four, and they also know that teams like us, Liverpool and Arsenal are doing OK. So it won't be easy for them to close such a big gap. But it's possible."

Mourinho is unbeaten in 10 matches against Moyes and Chelsea defeated United 3-1 at Stamford Bridge last month.

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    Manchester United manager David Moyes (right) embraces Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho prior to kick-off

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    Manchester United's Scottish manager David Moyes (C) and Chelsea's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho (R) shake hands at the end of the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in London on January 19, 2014. Chelsea won the match 3-1. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or live services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Chelsea's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho (R) talks with Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Oscar (C) as Manchester United's Scottish manager David Moyes (L) makes a change to his team during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in London on January 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or live services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 26: Manchester United Manager David Moyes and Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho (R) look on during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on August 26, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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    Manchester United's Scottish manager David Moyes (L) gestures as Chelsea's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho (R) watches during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on August 26, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or live services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 26: Manchester United Manager David Moyes and Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho ((R) look on during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on August 26, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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    Manchester United manager David Moyes (left) embraces Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho prior to kick-off

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    Manchester United manager David Moyes (left) and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on the touchline during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester.

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    Manchester United manager David Moyes (left) and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on the touchline.

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    Manchester United manager David Moyes (left) and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on the touchline.

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    Manchester United manager David Moyes (left) and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on the touchline.

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    Manchester United manager David Moyes (left) and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on the touchline.

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