That’s the verdict of Jose Mourinho, who’s admitted finishing as runners-up is the best the Red Devils can hope for this season.
United are mathematically still able to win the Premier League title but sit a whopping 15 points adrift of leaders Manchester City.
Their advantage over the chasing pack is significantly smaller with Liverpool and Chelsea just three points behind his team.
Tottenham, who beat United on Wednesday night, are two places further back and still in with a shout of finishing second.
Mourinho has outlined the threat posed by United’s rivals, with special mention for Chelsea and Arsenal following their work in the winter market.
“The game [vs Huddersfield] is important because we need points to be the first of the last,” said Mourinho.
“We have to try to finish second. We are in this positions all season, we were first for a few weeks and then we were always second.
“I don’t remember us being fourth, fifth or sixth, we have been there since the beginning of the season, better than last season in every aspect – points, position, number of goals scored, number of goals conceded, better in everything. So we have to try to stay there and it’s not easy, because there are very good teams around us.
“Chelsea are champions again, and a had a fantastic market, Liverpool are a great team, Arsenal improved a lot in the market.
“Tottenham are a fantastic team and are five points behind us, so we’re doing quite well, with some negative moments – Wednesday was one.
“It’s very important to do better than last season and try to win something and, if not, do better.”
United made their own stellar signing in January when they lured Alexis Sanchez to Old Trafford from Arsenal.
And Mourinho will be hoping the Chilean can bag his first goal for the club tomorrow when they take on Huddersfield.
United lost 2-1 to David Wagner’s men when they travelled to the John Smith’s Stadium in October.