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Mourinho says top-four spot now beyond Manchester United

09 May 2017

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Manchester United counterpart Jose Mourinho both insisted the London side's 2-0 win on Sunday was not about them, or their rivalry, but in many ways it was.

Arsenal scored twice in three minutes through Granit Xhaka and Danny Welbeck to claim a deserved 2-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday and inflict a first Premier League defeat on the visitors in 26 games.

United, who hold a 1-0 lead from the first leg, will qualify for the Champions League if they win the Europa League, so Mourinho wasn't too concerned with the result against Arsenal.

"We have a really important chance to play Champions League through the Europa League but in the Premier League anything can happen". For me football is pretty much the same everywhere, the ball is round, but maybe tactically things are different than at other clubs I've played for. I watched the Liverpool game [against Southampton] before we kicked off and I saw the penalty that the referee gave to them.

Still sitting six points away from a top four position though, Wenger says that the luck will need to be on their side in the final weeks if they are to feature in the Champions League next season.

Wenger did defeat Mourinho's Chelsea in the 2015 Community Shield, but this was the first time he had got the better of his old foe with league points at stake.

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"It's all thanks to the manager because he gave me the opportunity", Tuanzebe told MUTV. Now I'm back and I hope to finish the season in great shape, celebrating a European title and winning the remaining games in the Premier League.

In further digs, Mourinho accused Wenger - misleadingly - of playing with a "defensive block" and "a line of five defenders". I am happy for them.

"To have that record of winning so many matches is not normal".

"The top four? Impossible", Mourinho said. I think he did an unbelievable job and I think Alexis [Sanchez] knows his name because the kid really played very well. "I don't think we have any chance of finishing top four", he added.

Liverpool are third in the table on 70 points, a point clear of fourth-placed Manchester City, who have a game in hand.

"We didn't deserve to lose", he said. "It will be a big, big battle until the last game".

Mourinho says top-four spot now beyond Manchester United