Mourinho mulls United changes at Arsenal

Rufina Vignone
Mag 8, 2017

United are in the midst of a 25-match unbeaten top-flight run - a club record within a single season - but their propensity to draw matches has left them a point off a Champions League berth rather than challenging for the title.

"The only advantage we can have is to focus on ourselves". "In the first half, we lost a few balls, Manchester found their pace and the goal came when we were playing some of our best football".

Arsenal now sit sixth in the Premier League table following last weekend's defeat to Spurs but they can move to within two points of United with a game in hand if they come out victorious on Sunday.

For Arsenal, there is little change as Arsene Wenger starts the usuals with a fleeting chance at recovering a Champions League place.

United enter this tie after registering a narrow 1-0 victory over Celta Vigo in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final.

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"Of course, we have to believe", Pogba told MUTV. "And that's what we're going to try and do in the next three Premier League matches".

"He's scored major goals for United and again he's got the important goal".

United remain without a number of first-team players, however, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo and Timothy Fosu-Mensah joining Shaw on the sidelines.

Wenger, who has never beaten Mourinho in the league, was reminded of his relationship with former United manager Alex Ferguson, which shed its initial spikiness to become corial.

It will be very interesting to see what kind of team Mourinho actually puts out on Sunday afternoon and how many players he rests for Thursday against Celta Vigo.

"I'm disappointed with the result, not the performance", said Mourinho.

Manchester United travel to North London this weekend, still holding on to their hopes of climbing into the top four of the Premier League.

"I can't ask anymore from my players who haven't played a minute for several weeks - Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Juan Mata were all fantastic".

Speaking during Sky Sports' coverage of the game, Neville said: "I think he did really well at full-back, against a fantastic player in Alexis Sanchez".

Pep Guardiola has rejected Jose Mourinho's claims that he will sacrifice a Premier League top four finish for a chance of winning the Europa League. United could be still be tired after their Europa semi-final, and I'm not convinced they'll have enough to nick it.

Mourinho was also quite humble and honest during the interview with the United manager for the first time praising Arsenal and the club's supporters.

The away goal in Galicia could prove crucial as United bid to make it to the Europa League final in Stockholm.

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