Mourinho accepts top four finish is impossible

Mourinho accepts top four finish is impossible

Arsene Wenger earned his first Premier League win over Jose Mourinho when Arsenal beat Manchester United 2-0, but that didn't stop the United manager insisting the Frenchman's poor record against him is "not normal".

Granit Xhaka, with a deflected shot, and former United player Danny Welbeck, with a bullet header, scored goals in a four-minute span early in the second half to end United's 25-match unbeaten run in the league dating to October.

"I looked at the Real Madrid team and I thought, how many players from the Premier League can get in that side?"

"So, hard to manage it but I think, in principle, the team was good, was organised, played to win and defended well".

United suffered a 2-0 defeat at the Emirates to leave their hopes of finishing in the top four extremely hard, with just three games in the league season remaining. It's the first time I leave and they're happy.

"It's all thanks to the manager because he gave me the opportunity", he said.

Once again, they are putting together a late-season dash up the table, with a top-four finish still possible.

'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.

"Mourinho has only signed four players for Manchester United, once he's signed eight to 10 and he is a year further forward I'd be asking the question then if he's still playing a back six". I was back doing what I like the most, and I'm really excited about being able to help the team as much as I can in the final sprint.

Mourinho however said he is does not enjoy seeing the north Londoners fail to win big trophies.

Sunday's defeat leaves United four points behind rivals Manchester City in fourth place, and five points from Liverpool in third, albeit with a game in hand over the Anfield club.

The youngster earned rave reviews from Jose Mourinho after the Arsenal game, with the manager telling Sky Sports: "I think he did an fantastic job". "We couldn't afford to lose". "We needed to be patient." he said.

"The Arsenal fans, they are happy", he added.

"All is not flawless but I think we are a bit more defensively focused at the moment than we were a few weeks ago and it helps us a little bit".

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

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