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Mourinho denies Man Utd top four claim, refuses to discuss Pogba reports

Mourinho denies Man Utd top four claim, refuses to discuss Pogba reports”

José Mourinho has retracted his claim that Manchester United now need "a miracle" to finish in the top four, but opted against making any firm predictions other than to say he was confident his team would finish above Everton.

Manchester United are short of defensive options, and will hope Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly recover from respective foot and back problems.

Diogo Dalot was Manchester United's second highest profile summer signing but injury forced him to wait until Saturday's 2-2 draw with Southampton to make his Premier League debut.

" I don't think we need a miracle".

Mourinho's side are without a league win since a 2-1 victory against Bournemouth on November 3 and either side of securing qualification for the Champions League, they have drawn their last two league fixtures against Crystal Palace and Southampton.

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Manchester United will host fourth-placed Arsenal, who have not lost a game since mid-August, at Old Trafford on Wednesday night. "We are going to be in difficulties again to build the team", he said. "We..."

"It will be interesting if he stays and plays a major part for the club or whether he looks for a new challenge, but he's not hit the level of performance from his time at Arsenal". Matic will start if not needed in defence, with Marouane Fellaini - last season's hero in this fixture - likely to feature too.

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.

"If you think a player only plays when, in your words, he is behind the manager, what I have to call these players or, in this case, what you are calling them, is dishonest", he told a pre-match press conference. "A football player is paid - and very well paid - to be a football professional". You don't respect players and supporters.

"When you play Europa - I have done that - it's not the motivation for the club but it's good to develop the team and to have people fresh". Do you believe in that?



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