Arsenal loss has focused Man United minds on Europa League, says Mata


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Manchester United counterpart Jose Mourinho both insisted the London side's 2-0 win on Sunday was not about them, or their rivalry, but in many ways it was.

"It was a game that was clearly a nuisance for him, sandwiched between the two legs of United's Europa League semi-final against Celta Vigo that he has made it obvious is his priority".

Speaking to MUTV after the game, Tuanzebe said, "thanks to the manager because he gave me the opportunity" to finally experience playing the Premier League but "we didn't get the win, which is a disappointment" as it ends the team's long unbeaten run.

"You can tell me we didn't play with the best players, or the first choice at the moment, but you can't say we didn't try to win the game".

"The Arsenal fans, they are happy", Mourinho said.

"I liked very, very much individual performances and I liked [them] collectively", Mourinho said. The Gunners will continue their pursuit of a top four finish, after Sunday's victory breathed some new life into their hard Premier League season.

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'Once they went 2-0 up they had no answer and no way of getting out and no idea of how to get a goal back.

But the Frenchman opted against taunting Mourinho, preferring to urge his players, who are also in the FA Cup final against Chelsea, to finish the season strongly.

"To have that record of winning so many matches is not normal. So it's not normal and I really don't care about it".

"The Arsenal fans, they are happy", Mourinho said. I think they will be okay because of the fact it is a completely different competition. "You become cleverer, and since my [last] red card, I think things have improved". "We couldn't afford to lose".

Arsenal moved two points behind fifth-place United with a game in hand, and is seven points behind third-placed Liverpool having played two games fewer and six behind fourth-placed Manchester City having played one game fewer. We had just one blip and I think it was a bit physical. "We have got three games left and it is in our hands".

"We'll see. I don't know [whether he will feature on Wednesday]".

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