Mourinho vows to rest Man Utd players at Arsenal
- Author: Lawrence Cooper May 08, 2017,
May 08, 2017, 15:40
Mourinho's first season at Manchester United still divides opinions.
Paul Pogba treated Manchester United fans to a complete midfield performance on his return from injury during their side's first leg 1-0 win over Celta Vigo in the Europa League semi-final. The victor of this tie will play either Ajax or Lyon in the Europa League final, slated for May 24 in Stockholm, Sweden. Now, the competition could be his savior.
"I am happy for them, it is the first time I leave Highbury or Emirates and they are happy".
Arsenal kept alive their hopes of finishing in the top four with a 2-0 win over Manchester United at the Emirates on Sunday.
A rivalry as old as time is that of Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger.
Not a mutinous flypast in sight on this, Arsene Wenger's first competitive win over Jose Mourinho at the 15th time of asking.
"I think [Phil] Jones, [Chris] Smalling, [Juan] Mata, they were fantastic in the way they performed". They were walking in the streets with their heads low.
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Celta, by contrast, failed to rise to the challenge of their first ever European semi-final, but they did have the first big chance just 10 minutes in. It's nice for them.
Infamously labelled "a voyeur" and "a specialist in failure" by Mourinho in the past, this was a sweet moment for Wenger, but it won't mean much unless Arsenal find a way to catch City.
The victory leaves Arsenal in sixth place of the Premier League, two points behind United and six points adrift from Manchester City who are fourth.
Wenger was also in sarcastic mood, but in his case he was talking about the penalty that Liverpool were awarded - and squandered - in their goalless draw at home to Southampton earlier on Sunday. The Spanish side's sole Champions League foray came in the 2003-04 season, being knocked out in the last-16 by Arsenal having enjoyed a fine 2-1 win over holders AC Milan at San Siro in the group stage.
Eric Bailly was a doubt after suffering an ankle problem last weekend but he's fit to start, while Chris Smalling is back on the bench, but Phil Jones remains absent.
Manchester United's strong form leading into this game will set them up well, but Celta Vigo will not make it an easy game in Spain.
Arsenal saw the game out comfortably but not before another United youngster, Scott McTominay, made his debut for the club.