Jose Mourinho Shows Curious Honesty In Writing Off United's Season

Premier League Wednesday: Will Manchester United Snap Arsenal’s 19-Match Unbeaten Streak?

Jose Mourinho says it would be a "miracle" if Manchester United finished in the Premier League's top four this season.

United face Arsenal sitting seventh in the table, 16 points behind leaders Manchester City and eight adrift of the top four.

Four Wednesdays - and three Premier League games without a win - later, that fire is raging once more, amid stories of Mourinho's own rage after another comeback from defeat at Southampton.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at the two managers ahead of the clash at Old Trafford.

"I think far from a miracle, we just need to not be so unlucky with problems that we have, we need some players to perform better, and we need the team to perform better but far from a miracle". "We need some players to perform better than they are and we need to perform better as a team than we are, but far from a miracle - not at all".

Mourinho's supposed comments came after the Portuguese said the way United players are now performing is all down to their character, not his tactics. "We don't need to waste points where we don't need to waste". "That's simple. You go to my words what I told to TV, press conferences, another thing is somebody said I "told", I don't play that game".

United spent £68 million on three new players, including £48m on Brazilian midfielder Fred who has only started three of the last 13 games.

"There are six teams that should stay in the first six positions, season after season, and two of these teams are staying outside the top four". I told after the (Southampton) game the reason why, in the second half especially, we didn't have those consecutive waves of attack. For example, last season it was Arsenal and Chelsea. It was after his disappointing performance that Mourinho apparently called him a "virus".

Mourinho, who has been in the role since May 2016, reminded his critics of his record in European football after a 1-0 victory against Young Boys saw United qualify for the Champions League knock-out stages for the 14th consecutive season.

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