Mourinho's team are now in seventh place, 16 points off Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table and eight adrift from the Champions League qualifying places.
United, who finished 19 points behind champions Manchester City in the 2017/18 campaign, now sit seventh in the league and are eight points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, with the two sides meeting at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
"But I also know until the end of December we have eight Premier League matches to play, and with eight matches we are speaking about 24 points. We need some players to perform better than they are and we need to perform better as a team than we are, but far from a miracle - not at all".
Claiming once more that last season's second-placed finish "was a fantastic thing because of the qualities wer had in comparison to the quality of the other teams that are fighting for the top four", Jose Mourinho clearly believes that nothing near a repeat of that is possible this season.
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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. "It will take nearly a miracle to finish in the top four".
"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", said Mourinho, when he was asked whether he stands by his comment that a miracle is needed for United to clinch a place in next season's Champions League.
I've analyzed the betting market for each match and provided three value plays (16-32-1 season record, -4.52 units). Last season, it was Arsenal and Chelsea. It was after his disappointing performance that Mourinho apparently called him a "virus". "Watching them on Saturday against Southampton, they look a million miles away from that [Arsenal and Tottenham]", he told the Gary Neville podcast.
Pogba has cut a frustrated figure at United this season having put up with a lot of criticism from his manager, who ordered him to leave training only a couple of months ago.