Jose Mourinho refuses question from Manchester United in-house TV station

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Jose Mourinho has admitted that he has been forced to play individuals who "do not know how to play in defence" at the back at times this season, appearing to hit out once again at Manchester United's transfer business last summer.

The Red Devils are going through a tough season and their most recent outing resulted in a 2-2 draw against Southampton in a match where they found themselves staring defeat in the face before bouncing back to share the spoils.

Arsenal travel to Old Trafford in the Premier League tomorrow to take on United (8pm).

"We don't have many - with all the respect, hope people understand what I mean - we don't have many "mad dogs".

"I think far from a miracle, we just need to not be so unlucky with problems that we have, we need some players to perform better, and we need the team to perform better but far from a miracle".

Now, a cynic may well suggest that Mourinho didn't respond to this question because he doesn't know the answer, but of course we are not going to suggest that.

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In comparison, Liverpool spent £167m, Chelsea £128m, Arsenal £68m and Manchester City £63m while Tottenham did not sign a single new player.

"It is very hard to win there because they are a very big team with big players and have a big atmosphere pushing them, but it is an exciting match and my motivation is very big".

"If a player doesn't do that, one thing is to perform well and not so well, another thing is to be a football professional".

"If you say that a player plays well or bad because of who the manager is, you are calling the player dishonest". "I can agree", he said, noting that Everton are above them in sixth. You don't respect players and supporters. Do you believe in that?

Speaking at a news conference on Tuesday, Mourinho claimed that did not accurately represent his feelings but said he had all but written off their chances of ending 2018 in the top four.

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