Jose Mourinho and Manchester United Give Up on Top Four Finish

Jose Mourinho and Manchester United Give Up on Top Four Finish
Jose Mourinho and Manchester United Give Up on Top Four Finish
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09 May, 2017

Jose Mourinho said he was "happy" Arsenal fans could finally celebrate beating one of his sides as the Gunners kept alive their top-four hopes with a 2-0 victory over Manchester United.

The Portuguese made it clear he would be resting a number of players on Sunday afternoon, with the club heading into a Europa League semi-final second leg on Thursday.

Two second-half goals from Granit Xhaka and Danny Welbeck saw Wenger securing his first Premier League win over the former Chelsea boss in 13 attempts.

United, who hold a 1-0 lead from the first leg, will qualify for the Champions League if they win the Europa League, so Mourinho wasn't too concerned with the result against Arsenal.

It was Arsenal's first league win under Wenger against a team managed by Jose Mourinho.

"Now we play Celta Vigo and we need to focus on that from this moment", Mata told the club's website.

"This is the first time I have seen the Arsenal fans happy", he said.

Jose Mourinho and Manchester United Give Up on Top Four Finish
Jose Mourinho and Manchester United Give Up on Top Four Finish

Tuanzebe admitted that Mourinho "gave me on task to stay with Alexis" which is not an easy task. They had the luck of [the first] goal.

"The kid was brilliant", said Mourinho, who asked him to play at right-back instead of his normal position in the centre of defence.

"Arsene Wenger is a big manager so to have that record of winning so many matches and losing so many matches is something that is not normal".

"Apart from that, I can not ask more from players who do not play one minute of football in the past seven weeks like Smalling and Mata".

In other words, the top four from race isn't ultimately settled yet in the standings, but Mourinho decided it was for his team. "I was really afraid that [Phil] Jones, [Chris] Smalling and [Juan] Mata could not cope with 90 minutes because they have been injured, but they did".

"It can help all the young players coming through the system to believe they can do it. Marcus Rashford was an example and now I'm an example, Tim Fosu-Mensah and Scott are examples". They are seven behind third-placed Liverpool with two games in hand and need the Reds to drop points even if they win their remaining four matches.

"We didn't deserve to lose", he said.

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