Thierry Henry: This is how Jose Mourinho will have the last laugh

Arsenal staff munch on chocolates during win over Manchester United

In the second game of the day, Liverpool only got one point against Southampton as they played without goals at Anfield Road. "Of course I want to play football".

"I tell them we really need them to create a good atmosphere, a hard atmosphere for the opponents, who can push us to be in the final". For the first time in his career, Arsene Wenger defeated Jose Mourinho in a Premiership match, while Liverpool once again did an incredibly very bad thing and lost the third place in the standings after they only managed to get one point from the game with Southampton.

This is unlikely to be as accentuated on Thursday night with a full house at Old Trafford and the importance of the game known to everyone.

The maximum number of English teams in Uefa competitions is seven, so if United were to become the fifth team in the Champions League then only two teams would qualify for the Europa League.

Mourinho says it is important for United and their players to be involved in a European final. "If we do that, I'm convinced that we can achieve what we want". I'm really satisfied with my performance and the performance of the team, which is most important.

"This season, of course, I haven't played as much as I'd like to play".

"Whether Rooney is in the starting line-up on Thursday - or the squad next season - remains to be seen, although his desire to end the season with another trophy is clear". For me football is pretty much the same everywhere.

The experienced midfielder fondly recalled home Champions League wins against Barcelona and Roma and clearly believes United will soon be back at European's top table under Mourinho.

On the other hand, Jose Mourinho admitted that the primary focus of his team is on Europe, and the semifinals of the Europa League against Celta Vigo, but he also told the journalist that they tried to win today.

"We'll respect who is left in the competition - it's not going to be easy and we're not taking anything for granted at all - but that's got to be the aim".

But the Portuguese could end his first Red Devils campaign with a third trophy following their joy in the Community Shield and EFL Cup.

Champions League would've been in touching distance.

The summer signing has been something of a Europa League specialist for Manchester United so far this season and will be hoping to help his team reach the final in Stockholm. "But I feel the club will be successful under Jose".



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