The Red Devils are currently seventh, eight points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, and the Portuguese concedes he faces a tough task to climb the table.

Jose Mourinho has claimed it will take ‘almost a miracle’ for Manchester United to finish in the top four this season.

The Red Devils currently sit seventh in the Premier League table following the 2-2 draw with Southampton on Saturday, with Mourinho’s men eight points behind Arsenal in fourth.

United have earned just two points for their last three league matches having been held by both Crystal Palace and Southampton and been beaten by Manchester City.

Comparing Jose Mourinho’s statement now, and his statement in the news, Friday 5 October 2018, there is a great difference.

THEN,  Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, insisted that his side’s current league standing does not worry him.

Considering the Mundane goalless draw against Valencia, let us hear his statement then.

Mourinho, after coming under intense pressure in the last fortnight after a string of bad results His side were booed off on Tuesday night, after United have gone four games without a win, which has included a shock League Cup defeat to Derby and being comprehensively beaten by West Ham.

The Portuguese though is confident that it is too early in the season to draw conclusions.

“Very important, I know we are in the beginning of October and you look to tables all around Europe and in many of the leagues the tables in September, October, they don’t reflect what is going to happen in a few months later or even in the end of the season,” Mourinho told reporters.

We are in a position that we can do much better than that and to do that we need points, points that we lost especially in the last two Premier League matches with one point out of six and we know that to improve that position we need to win these three points but we know that our opponent for different reasons also need the points.”

Even before Newcastle match, on opponents Newcastle Mourinho said, “Very very very good coach, a team that is always very well organised against especially the teams of the first part of the table where their manager is very bright on his analysis of the opponent’s qualities and to try to stop them.

“The results they had against the top teams didn’t get them points yet this season, but gave them very, very close results and very difficult matches for the opposition. So we expect a difficult match.

“Only one defeat at home all season, only one defeat in the last seven matches but not victories at home in the past three matches, three draws, not the feeling of the defeat but not the happiness of the victory so is important for us to try and win this match on Saturday.”

From all that happened then, and is equally happening now, Man United definitely need a miracle to make top four.