"I think far from a miracle, we just need to not be so unlucky with problem that we have, we need some players to perform better than they are, we need to perform better as a team - but far from a miracle".
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.
The 13-time Premier League champions have laboured to several disappointing performances and were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Championship side Derby County in the third round, with increased scrutiny over Mourinho's position.
"We don't need a miracle [to finish in the top four] at all".
With Arsenal set to visit Old Trafford on Wednesday night, the duo need to clear out the differences between them for the greater good of the club.
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"We are going to be in difficulty again to build the team", he explained.
"If you asked me if the game is now at 11 o'clock [on Tuesday morning], I would say Smalling is not playing, Bailly is not playing, Jones is not playing".
"Last year, we said that getting into second place was a fantastic thing due to the qualities we had compared to the qualities of the other teams fighting for the top four", Mourinho told Brazilian outlet RedeTV after the 2-2 draw at St Mary's on Saturday evening.
"Valencia is not playing, Shaw is a doubt, Darmian is back but I have to wait and select everybody again and take everybody and maybe tomorrow we decide like the last match a couple of hours before the game". "Why you speak about the weekend and not about the next one?"
"I don't speak about that".
"We were waiting to see who could and couldn't and I think we are going to be in a similar situation this time". I don't respond to that.
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