Mourinho accepts top four finish is impossible

Arsenal staff munch on chocolates during win over Manchester United

"Whatever competition you're in, especially at this club, with the team we've got, we're looking to win it". He's a big manager, to have that record of winning so many matches is not normal.

Liverpool are third in the table on 70 points, a point clear of fourth-placed Manchester City, who have a game in hand.

Yes, Arsenal won, to end United's long unbeaten run, but nobody really cared - including United manager Jose Mourinho.

The pressure is on them for Thursday, when Celta Vigo come to Old Trafford, and it is a risky game to play, but I think Mourinho did the right thing with his team selection against the Gunners. It's the first time I leave and they're happy.

The Manchester United manager has been in the spotlight over his criticism over defenders Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones - due to their inability to "play through pain" and niggling injuries, in a below-par league campaign. "I would like to play more but I've tried to help the team on and off pitch". "I left Highbury, they were crying, I left Emirates, they were crying".

Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho is set to shuffle his starting line-up having made eight changes for the Arsenal match in order to give some of his players rest and protection ahead of the second leg against Celta.

"They were walking the streets with their heads low".

Carrick can not wait to step out at Old Trafford - a stadium "made for big games" - on Thursday night. Overall, you play Man United and it's another big game. Today they leave with their scarves.

"Much better than against Man City [the 0-0 draw] for example, much better, but I think the first goal [by Granit Xhaka] put us in a hard situation, then I think Arsenal brought the block low, defended, coped with our attacking football, and did it to their advantage". The guys accumulating matches tried their best, despite playing 90 minutes two days ago [against Celta Vigo].

"You are in a position where you have to be part of it and fight for them when it doesn't go well, you have to control what you say".

In his 13th game against a Mourinho side, Wenger's Arsenal scored twice in quick succession to keep their top four hopes alive.

Winning the Europa League would earn Champions League qualification, but Wayne Rooney says the focus must be on lifting the trophy itself.



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