Manchester United 'better' than top-six rivals except City - Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho

GETTYJose Mourinho fell out with his players at Chelsea and got sacked

We deserve to finish second in spite of what you can say, the criticism you make.

"If we don't have Lukaku for different reasons, we can change systems and play with two and give more mobility to, for example, Marcus and Martial together, Marcus and Alexis together, so we are not going to go for another number nine", he added.

"We want to finish second this year and have 10 points more than last season, more goals scored, less goals conceded, but there is a club which is making it practically impossible to follow".

His value to the cause at Old Trafford has been called into question as a result, with Jose Mourinho having opted to bench the £89 million midfielder at times.

Things have improved in that competition this term, but leaders Manchester City have run away to such an extent that they can wrap up the title in next weekend's Manchester derby.

The decision was made from the club's medical department not to have surgery on the France worldwide and, according to Mourinho, the bold decision worked perfectly with Pogba recovering earlier than expected.

The France global has come under fire this season after a number of disappointing performances, and has been on the bench in recent weeks.

Mourinho recalled the club-record signing against Swansea and believes his performance reflected that of the team.

Jose Mourinho, was particularly pleased with the team's first half show, calling it one of the best half he has seen all season.

"This isn't a game, this is our living and we need to win, and I think Paul's got to get that a bit more into his character".

Information from Press Association Sport was used in this story.

The 25-year-old France worldwide has had further spells on the sidelines this season due to minor injuries and poor form and has not started in United's last three games.

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