Mourinho's injury problems are not restricted to his defence, with Alexis Sanchez sidelined because of a hamstring tear and Marcus Rashford doubtful because of an ankle problem.
United have since had another slide and the loss to Manchester City in the derby has been followed by draws to two of the league's out of form sides in Crystal Palace and Southampton. "We need some players to perform better than they are and we need to perform better as a team than we are, but far from a miracle - not at all". He told him 'you are like a person with a flu with a virus in a closed room - you pass that virus to the others'.
"Of course, Lindelof is out of the question".
Saturday's 2-2 draw at Southampton saw the pair clash once again in the dressing as Mourinho accused Pogba of showing a lack of respect to his teammates and United fans. "At the end of the season the top six will be done by the six teams we all know have that responsibility to finish in the top six".
United head into the game against Arsenal, who have not lost since August, seventh in the table.
He said in a press conference: "I don't think we need a miracle at all".
Memorably, United did finish 6th in Mourinho's first season in charge of the club.
However Sportsmail understands Mourinho was more general in his criticism as he raged against a fall in standards and discipline from his players, saying he, as manager, wasn't the only one to blame for recent performances. "If you say that a player plays well or bad because of how good a manager is, you are calling the player dishonest". "I can agree", he said, noting that Everton are above them in sixth. Or how? I don't play that game. Do you believe in that?
"I believe that I'm going on facts, facts of what's going on, facts of what we're doing, facts of how well we're playing and confidence and the momentum that comes with that".