Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho on Tuesday sought to clarify his “miracle” comment, made after the 2-2 Southampton game. He changed his “top four” target claim and said his team must not waste points because the target has changed.
In November, before the goalless draw with Crystal Palace, Mourinho had said United could break into the top four by the end of December. He was quoted as saying that United would need a miracle to finish in the top four this season.
The 55-year-old Portuguese, in a conference before the Wednesday match against Arsenal at Old Trafford, said they need to win as many points as possible, with important games are coming up.
Clarifying his “miracle” comment, the three-time Premier League winner said the Red Devils don’t need a miracle and they need not to be so unlucky with their problems, calling for improving players’ performances.
“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.
The Red Devils, who had a rough ride this season in the English championship, are sitting in the seventh in the table following the 2-2 draw with Southampton on Saturday. They are eight points behind fourth-placed Arsenal and 16 points behind the leader Manchester City.
United will take on in-form Gunners who won the north London derby 4-2 against the Spurs on Sunday.