Mourinho goads Wenger after defeat at Arsenal
- Author: Kyle Warner May 09, 2017,
May 09, 2017, 7:44
Manchester United's 2-0 defeat to Arsenal was more of a nuisance to Jose Mourinho than an outright setback, according to Phil Neville.
Wenger denied that the win over Mourinho's team meant anything special - he was concerned purely with keeping Arsenal's own top-four hopes alive.
By 2014, the rivalry had become so heated that Wenger pushed Mourinho as the pair clashed in the technical area during Chelsea's 2-0 Premier League win at Stamford Bridge. "We must play Thursday (against Celta Vigo) and then we go again against Tottenham, but we can not go with everything against Tottenham", he said.
Mourinho said: "I think he did an fantastic job and I think Alexis Sanchez knows his name because the kid played very well".
"It's the first time I leave and they're happy". They were walking the streets with their heads low.
"It's a big club". I am not enjoying that.
"It was the first time Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has beaten him in a competitive game, at the 16th attempt and after 13 years of trying". He's a big manager. I think he did an wonderful job and I think Alexis [Sanchez] knows his name because the kid really played very well.
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Sunday's defeat leaves United four points behind rivals Manchester City in fourth place, and five points from Liverpool in third, albeit with a game in hand over the Anfield club.
A top four spot has been there for the taking, but Mourinho and United seemed to voluntarily opt out; instead of playing until the end and being eliminated.
Mourinho however said he is does not enjoy seeing the north Londoners fail to win big trophies.
"We still have a chance mathematically and we need some help as well from teams around us", Wenger said. "We're having a season where things have been a bit more hard but I'm convinced that in the coming years we can show another side".
Eight changes to United's starting line-up at the Emirates Stadium certainly pointed to Mourinho's focus on Friday morning's semi-final, second-leg tie at home to Celta Vigo. We couldn't afford to lose today.
"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".