Mourinho goads Wenger after defeat at Arsenal

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Axel Tuanzebe produced a stellar performance on what was his Premier League debut and first start for Manchester United during their 2-0 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday.

Granit Xhaka of Arsenal celebrates scoring his sides first goal against Manchester United.

Danny Welbeck doubled the lead three minutes later and Arsenal comfortably held on to give Arsene Wenger his first competitive win over Jose Mourinho. "I left Highbury, they were crying, I left Emirates, they were crying".

Instead, after last Friday morning's AEST 1-0 UEFA Europa League semi-final, first-leg win over Celta Vigo in Spain, their attention is focused on winning Europe's second-tier tournament, with the associated prize of Champions League qualification. It's nice for them. They were walking the streets with heads low. I liked very, very much the individual performances and I also liked them collectively. "He is a big manager so to have that record ... is something that is not normal", Mourinho said.

"You can tell me you didn't play with the best team, the players who are first choice at the moment, but you cannot say we didn't try to win the game".

"We have a competition which is the second biggest competition in Europe and we are nearly there so the players want, I want, and I think a club like us would always prefer to go into Champions League by winning a trophy than by finishing fourth". I'm not enjoying that.

"But they are a big club".

The "Wenger Out" movement has taken sports events by storm, with supporters bringing banners bearing the message to matches from South Africa to Singapore as the manager has refused to confirm whether he will sign a new contract with the club.

His overall appearance was impressive, but he did face some rather big challenges with the mental aspect of the game which only come natural for a debutant and a player of his age.

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United remain four points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City with three games remaining, including a trip to second-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

"We need everybody and these 90 minutes are fantastic for them and is good for the team".

"I watched the (Liverpool) game and I've seen the penalty given by the referee (for a handball by Jack Stephens)".

"And because we go with everything on Thursday and we can not go with everything against Tottenham".

Mourinho has been talking down United's hopes of reaching the Champions League by domestic standing and, however self-serving that stance may be, this result seems to endorse it.

Once again they are putting together a late-season dash up the table, with a top-four finish still possible.

"We have to chase Champions League by trying to win the Europa League".

"It was important to respond after the defeat at Tottenham last week and when you play another big game against Manchester United you can not afford to lose again".