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Mourinho: We don't need a miracle

Jose Mourinho insists Manchester United don’t need a miracle to finish in the Premier League’s top four this season, contrary to media reports suggesting he had said otherwise.

The Reds are currently seventh in the top flight but are working hard to climb the table, with an important run of games coming up.

Mourinho was asked about the quotes that were attributed to him, during a press conference to preview Wednesday’s home game against Arsenal.

“I don't know if I said it or didn't, but if I did use that word [miracle] it's not what I feel at all,”
he replied to reporters at the Aon Training Complex.
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Jose Mourinho at a press conference
Watch as Jose explains his stance on the top-four chase.

“We are eight points from fourth [place] – I don’t think we need a miracle at all. I think we need a good run of results. I think we don't need to waste points where we shouldn't waste [them].

“Last week before the Crystal Palace game, I said that my hopes and targets were to be in that position [the top four] at the end of December.

“The target changed, but changed in the sense of let's try to close the distance as much as we can and try to be very close to those positions by the end of December. I think it’s far from a miracle. 

“We just need to not be so unlucky with the problems that we have. We need some players to perform better than they are, we need to perform better than we are as a team, but [what we need is] far from a miracle.

The Reds have a good opportunity to close the gap on fourth-placed Arsenal to five points when facing Unai Emery’s side at the Theatre of Dreams on Wednesday night. MUTV subscribers can watch 90 minutes of live build-up to the Premier League game from 18:30 GMT.

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