Jose Mourinho praises Manchester United trio following Arsenal defeat


Juan Mata is refusing to give up on Manchester United's hopes of finishing in the Premier League's top four this season, despite manager Jose Mourinho claiming that the battle is over.

Second-half goals from Granit Xhaka, and ex-United star Danny Welbeck proved to be the difference on the day as Arsenal closed the gap between the sides. "I was really afraid that [Phil] Jones, [Chris] Smalling and [Juan] Mata could not cope with 90 minutes because they have been injured, but they did". Manchester United can be found at 4/7 betting odds to lift the Europa League trophy and with the club eyeing the worldwide title instead of the Premier League top-four finish - there lies Tuanzebe's chance.

"But they are a big club". 'We didn't get the win, which is a disappointment, but I'm chuffed personally.

There is now just two points separating Arsenal in sixth, and United in fifth, and the former have a game in hand.

Jose Mourinho spent much of time in his post match interviews discussing how happy he was that Arsene Wenger finally beat him, and his reactions to seeing the Gunners fans smiling after the full time whistle.

Against Arsenal, Mourinho was probably alone in quibbling with the result.

They play Celta Vigo in the semi-final second leg on Thursday - having won away 1-0.

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However a top-four finish is still unlikely for Wenger's men, with only four games left to play.

"It can help all the young players coming through the system to believe they can do it. Marcus Rashford was an example and now I'm an example, Tim Fosu-Mensah and Scott are examples".

"Two days later Southampton, two days later Crystal Palace".

"They have been resilient over these last few months with obviously not losing a game in the Premier League, but then when they've had chances to capitalise on teams dropping points, they've never been able to step up and get into that top gear or get close".

Manchester United have only scored 51 times in 35 games in the Premier League this season, which is less goals than Eddie Howe's Bournemouth side.

West Brom ace Evans limped off with an ankle injury on Saturday while Cathcart did not feature for Watford.