Arsenal 2-0 Manchester United- Game Recap
- Author: Delia Davidson May 09, 2017,
May 09, 2017, 7:41
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.
Mourinho made eight changes for the match ahead of United's Europa League semi-final second leg against Celta Vigo on Thursday.
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.
Mourinho has prioritized winning the UEFA Europa League over finishing in the English Premier League top four at the end of the season.
The win was Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's first over Jose Mourinho in a league game. "It's up to us, we need some luck along the way, but if we win the next four games, I'm convinced that we can do it".
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Arsenal saw the game out comfortably but not before another United youngster, Scott McTominay, made his debut for the club. The victor of this tie will play either Ajax or Lyon in the Europa League final, slated for May 24 in Stockholm, Sweden.
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.
"I left Highbury and they were crying, I left Emirates and they were crying", Mourinho said of past games at Arsenal. "Impossible. I don't think so", said Mourinho. 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. We still have a chance [of the top four] and we need some help from teams around us.
He then took a further step which was clearly a dig on Wenger that he does not enjoy seeing the north Londoners fail to win big trophies.
"To have that record of winning so many matches 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. We responded", he said. I'm really satisfied with my performance and the performance of the team, which is most important. I think Jones, Smalling, Mata were awesome, the way they performed after seven weeks of being out. "We have got three games left and it is in our hands". Today, no problem - we shook hands before the game, we shook hands after the game. They had a couple of chances in the first half but so did we and ours were the big chances.