Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Rooney wants to be at Manchester United next season

Rooney wants to be at Manchester United next season

"It was hard to manage it but I think the team was good, was organised, tried to win, played to win, defended well".

'Arsene Wenger is not a small manager, he's a big manager, to have that record of winning so many matches [against him] is not normal.

Yes, Arsenal won, to end United's long unbeaten run, but nobody really cared - including United manager Jose Mourinho.

Gary Neville insists he is a fan of Manchester United's style of football under Jose Mourinho. "I would like to play more but I've tried to help the team on and off pitch".

It felt like a veterans game but if Martin and I were playing each other now, there would have been more sparks flying than there were at the Emirates.

On his fears going into the Arsenal game following the changes made after the game against Celta Vigo, Mourinho said: "I feared that the players could not play for 90 minutes".

But watching Mourinho afterwards, it was probably the first time in about six months that I have seen him relaxed and smiling. They were walking in the streets with their heads low.

"You can not always say to the players "we are all in the same boat and in this together to achieve something" and then you jump out of the boat and say, "it's your fault now", but when it goes well you take the credit".

United, meanwhile, now sit four points behind City and five adrift of Liverpool, with only one game in hand over Jurgen Klopp's men, and a tricky trip to Tottenham to come next weekend. "So finally today they sing, they (swing) the scarves - it's nice for them".

"It's impossible", 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 biggest competition we've had a realistic chance of winning in the last two or three years".

"A midfield player defending on the edge of the box, to defend properly you go out and confront the ball and put pressure on the ball.

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

Mou also played down his side's chances of finishing in the top four, saying their rivals who play a game a week have an advantage on them.

This time, Mourinho had been telling us for the past 10 days that his priority was the Celta Vigo tie.

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