"I don't want to update you", the 55-year-old replied. Now we must try and win as many points as we can. "Try [to achieve] nearly the miracle of finishing fourth".
"If I used that word, it is not what I think at all".
"[It] doesn't matter the system we play, [it] has to do with the characteristics of the players", said Mourinho in his post-match press conference.
The good news for Jose is that Arsenal have won just one of the last five meetings between these sides, a 2-0 win in May 2017, and the north Londoners have not taken three Premier League points from Old Trafford since September 2006.
"That target has changed but in the sense let's try to close the distance best we can and be very close to these positions. We have to play to the max and there is an accumulation of matches", added Mourinho, whose side have been playing in the Champions League.More news: David Attenborough: Civilisation is on the brink of collapse
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Mourinho has said repeatedly he was expecting a hard campaign and revealed ahead of the meeting with the Gunners that he has been proved right because his was the only team in the top six that did not to improve over the summer.
With United's top-six rivals, bar Tottenham, making signings, Mourinho bemoaned his team's situation - and claimed their achievements last season may have raised expectations for this season too high.
In an explosive rant, Mourinho also said Pogba kills the mentality of his teammates when he plays games.
Odds on the former World Cup victor joining the Red Devils have been slashed in recent days with Coral's John Hill quoted by Starsport as saying: "It looks like Mesut Ozil is going to be on the move in January and we are seeing one-way traffic for Manchester United to capture the out of favour midfielder from Arsenal".
"It is one thing is to speak about an interview to Brazilian TV, which you can see".