Mourinho explains 'mission impossible' at Old Trafford

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Whether or not Mourinho's comments are aimed at Woodward in a bid to get a contract extension in the pipeline remains to be seen, but there are no contract talks scheduled with the 54-year-old, whose deal expires in June 2019.

The Portuguese stated in the summer that he would be happy to stay at United for another decade, but his tune has changed at the start of the season.

'I'm not signing a new five-year contract and I'm not leaving for PSG, ' said the Portuguese.

His contract at Old Trafford runs out in eighteen months time.

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"I think (Arsene) Wenger is the last one".

"The only thing that I told and is true and there was not interpretation of my words is that I am not going to end my career at Manchester United", Mourinho said ahead of facing his former club Benfica. I think it is impossible for us, with everything that surrounds the job, with all the pressure that surrounds every job. I think it's impossible to last for so long.

"Firstly, because the players don't know yet but, secondly, we have so many injuries, I think that should be something that you can view with nearly a guarantee of success because our options are so few that it is easy for you to guess the XI".

The manager caused concern among United fans over the week-end by saying his current job wouldn't be his last.

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When is Benfica vs Manchester United? I'm not signing a new five-year contract and I'm not leaving for Paris St Germain.

No fewer than five players will be unavailable for Mourinho this evening at the Estádio da Luz.

The Red Devils manager is still without Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini and Eric Bailly through injury, along with long-term absentee Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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