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.
Four Wednesdays - and three Premier League games without a win - later, that fire is raging once more, amid stories of Mourinho's own rage after another comeback from defeat at Southampton. These two teams slogged it out to produce the Premier League's first great rivalry, and while neither are the dominant force of English football these days, Wednesday night's latest war at Old Trafford still promises plenty. I think, far from a miracle, we just need to not to be so unlucky with the problems that we have.
"Nobody knew the team and ourselves we didn't know yet".
Mourinho's supposed comments came after the Portuguese said the way United players are now performing is all down to their character, not his tactics.
"We need a good run of results, not wasting points we shouldn't waste".
Daily Record had reported the "virus" incident and quoted an Old Trafford insider who said, "Jose called Pogba a virus in front of all the players. I don't play the game of the suggest". Or how? I don't play that game. Last season, it was Arsenal and Chelsea. "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. "It will take nearly a miracle to finish in the top four".
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.
"Against Southampton, three hours before the game I didn't know the team I was going to play", said Mourinho, who was forced to pick midfielders Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay in defence during the 2-2 draw at St Mary's.