Arsenal sink United to revive top-four bid

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Arsenal kept their top-four hopes alive and ended Manchester United's 25-match unbeaten run in the Premier League with a 2-0 victory at the Emirates yesterday.

Jose Mourinho has taken aim at Arsene Wenger in his post-match press conference following Manchester United's defeat to Arsenal.

"I leave Highbury they were crying".

Mourinho made eight changes to his starting team from the 1-0 win over Celta Vigo in the first leg of the Europa League semifinals on Thursday. It's nice for them. They were walking the streets with heads low.

"I don't ever see United playing the way certain supporters want (with wingers providing width)", former Arsenal and England defender Nigel Winterburn told Sky Sports.

Nothing lasts forever. Not Jose Mourinho's undefeated league record against Arsene Wenger, which spanned nearly 13 years. But then as some of United's draws demonstrate, it is easier to set up a side to not lose than to win: Mourinho has been the frustrated favourite and the superstar manager who has adopted the role of the underdog alike. You think I enjoy a big club like Arsenal not winning big trophies? I don't enjoy. But today I tried to win.

"But they are a big club".

I think there is a big job in store for whoever is the Gunners' manager next season, and that is the key issue when you talk about their future.

'I'm really satisfied with my performance and the performance of the team, which is most important'.

The former England global turned pundit, who went on to play for Everton after his United days, told Match of the Day 3: "I think the top four is done and dusted".

Wenger has faced off against teams managed by the Portuguese 12 times before Sunday's face-off in the league, drawing on seven occasions and losing five.

Liverpool are third in the table on 70 points, a point clear of fourth-placed Manchester City, who have a game in hand. "But overall, we look a bit more stable", Wenger added.

He said his task now was to continue to rotate his squad to ensure United win the Europa League. "When you score you have to be happy - it's only natural". Hope dies last. It's up to us, we need some luck along the way, but if we win the next four games, I'm convinced that we can do it'. "At the end of the day, that's what I make of it", he said.

How they play matters and qualification for next season's Champions League, which will be secured if they triumph in the Europa League final in Sweden on May 24 might further expose the deficiencies of the Mourinho brand.

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

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