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. "We play against a good team in a good moment with a good run of results [but] without the accumulation of matches because they play Europa".
The pressure is again mounting on Mourinho, whose United side are winless in three Premier League games and sit eighth in the table. "And this year with more problems that we have had, it proves what I said at the beginning of the season, that it would be a very hard season".
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. Matic will start if not needed in defence, with Marouane Fellaini - last season's hero in this fixture - likely to feature too.
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"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". One of Rashford and Lukaku will presumably be fit enough to play upfront.
According to the Daily Record, United's manager said: "You don't play".
"I understand your question, but when pundits that were professional players say "this player is not playing for the manager" - did they do that when they were players?"
'I would like Arsenal TV to ask the same questions but they don't, they hide everything from the inside, so why should I answer to you'. "I don't believe in that", he stated.