Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Gary Neville sends message to Man United fans about Jose Mourinho's style

Gary Neville sends message to Man United fans about Jose Mourinho's style

Manchester United fielded a much-changed line-up in the Sunday's high-profile matchup against Arsenal as Jose Mourinho decided to make as many as eight changes to the team which won the first leg of the Europa League semi-final in Vigo.

Granit Xhaka and Danny Welbeck both scored within minutes of each other in the second half at the Emirates to hand Mourinho's side a rare defeat.

"It can help all the young players coming through the system to believe they can do it. Marcus [Rashford] was an example and now I'm an example, Tim [Fosu-Mensah] and Scott are examples". How they play matters and qualification for next season's Champions League, which will be secured if they triumph in the May 24 Europa League final in Sweden, might further expose the deficiencies of the Mourinho brand.

"But they are a big club. I feel much stronger now". Arsene Wenger is a big manager so to have that record of winning so many matches and losing so many matches is something that is not normal.

At the final whistle there was a quick handshake for Wenger, and his assistant Steve Bould, from Mourinho, who did not look too distressed at seeing his unbeaten monopoly over Arsenal finish.

Finally I leave this stadium with Arsenal fans happy, they deserve that.

Mourinho's men head into Thursday's semi-final second leg against Celta Vigo with a one-goal lead courtesy of Marcus Rashford's victor in Spain last week.

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"I left Highbury they were crying, I left the Emirates they were crying!"

The result leaves United four points behind fourth-placed Manchester City with only three games of the season left to play.

Mata, 29, accepts that the focus should now be on their Europa League semifinal second leg with Celta Vigo at Old Trafford on Thursday, but says "anything can happen" in the Premier League ahead of the remaining matches against Tottenham, Southampton and Crystal Palace.

"It's between two teams, and at the end of the day that's what I make of it".

This is too much for us so I don't think we have any chance of finishing top four in the Premier League.

West Brom ace Evans limped off with an ankle injury on Saturday while Cathcart did not feature for Watford.

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