JOSE MOURINHO claimed his side have been "unlucky" this season and took another swipe at his Manchester United players today.
The Red Devils boss previously claimed they would need a miracle to finish inside the top four of the Premier League but now insists it is possible if their fortunes change.
Getty – Contributor5 Jose Mourinho reckons his side have been "unlucky" this season and they do not need a miracle to finish in the top four
Getty – Contributor5 Manchester United are currently seventh, eight points behind Arsenal in fourth
Speaking ahead of fourth-placed Arsenal's trip to Old Trafford tomorrow night, Mourinho was asked if United still needed that miracle.
He said: "I don't know if I say or if I didn't but if I used that word is not what I feel at all.
"We have like eight or nine points from fourth something like that, I don't think we need a miracle at all.
"I think far from a miracle, we just need to not be so unlucky with problems that we have.
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"We need some players to perform better than they are. We need to perform better as a team but far from a miracle."
Mourinho has criticised many of his star men throughout the season and even accused Paul Pogba of being a virus who is infecting the team.
Those comments were made after United fought back to draw 2-2 with Southampton on Saturday – United now sit seventh and are eight points behind Arsenal.
His team have gone three games without a win in the Premier League after losing the Manchester derby and drawing 0-0 at home to Crystal Palace.
Reuters5 Manchester United have failed to win their last three Premier League games, losing at Manchester City and drawing with Crystal Palace and Southampton
Mourinho added: "We need a good run of results, not waste points we shouldn't waste."Last week before the Crystal Palace game I said my hopes and targets were end of December to be in that position.
"The target has changed but in the sense, let's try to close the distance best we can and be very close to these positions."
Speaking to Brazilian broadcaster RedeTV after the Saints match, the United boss said: "Until last year I said that finishing second was a fantastic thing because of the qualities we had in comparison to the quality of the other teams that are fighting for the top four.