Arsenal must be at their to best Man United, Wenger says
May 05 2017 by Kelly Saunders
"Mourinho's pristine record against Arsene Wenger is a source of pride for the Manchester United manager, who has never lost to the Frenchman in 15 competitive fixtures, but the Portuguese is ready to put that on the line".
"Sunday's game is as big as it gets".
United take on Celta Vigo this evening and will play them in the second leg just four days after Sunday's trip to Arsenal, meaning Arsene Wenger's side could be up against a second-string at the weekend.
But having seen his relationship with long-time United rival Sir Alex Ferguson turn more courteous toward the end, Wenger would not rule out the same happening with Mourinho.
'But what is important when you are a competitor is that you give absolutely everything to win the next game'. "I think it is important that I focus on my own team, the performance of my team and forget all the rest".
United are one point off the top four, but would get an automatic entry into the Champions League if they win the Europa League.
Arjen Robben scored before the interval before Joe Cole wrapped up the win after Thierry Henry had hit a post and Robin van Persie had a goal chalked out for offside when the scores were level.
"You must have the capacity to motivate the players and you must have positive communication with them, and the environment surrounding the team also has to be positive". After a run of just 4 wins in their last 10 Premier League games, they have slipped six points behind Manchester City with just one game in hand.
"Mustafi is back in normal training". Even though it was always likely that United would advance deep into the traditionally exhausting Europa League (they were the pre-tournament favourites), and he presumably meant to compete for domestic trophies, he still decided that 22 players was enough.
Rashford also had to be substituted, but Mourinho said that was a result of a problem he carried into the game. 'More than feared, Manchester United are respected, ' said the 47-year-old Argentine.
But this all fits with a general theme this season of Mourinho, formerly the great defender of his players who would say outrageous things to take pressure off them and defend his men staunchly, continually throwing players under the bus.