Mourinho did not care about losing to Arsenal - he was smiling!

Arsenal staff munch on chocolates during win over Manchester United

Arsenal staff munch on chocolates during win over Manchester United

Mourinho was his usual gracious self as he continued to goad Wenger and Arsenal at his press conference after the match.

"Jose Mourinho isn't doing enough with this Manchester United team", wrote Cascarino in the Times.

"It's not like I played my first football match in England".

I left Highbury, they were crying, I left Emirates Stadium, they were crying.

The Arsenal boss has been under intense scrutiny lately, with between 50 and 100 fans walking to the Emirates Sunday carrying signs asking for his removal.

"For example, the match against Chelsea (which United won 2-0), I could feel they (the fans) wanted to play".

"It's sad to see how some people have been treating him, like throwing him out of the club, after more than 20 years that he has been working for the club and for English soccer".

"'I knew we were going to win it' and have two trophies". Honestly, I'm not enjoying that. My feeling is also the most important match of our history. I really don't care about it [the record against Wenger].

"I don't believe Celta dreams more than us, wants (to win) more than us", Mourinho added.

Jose Mourinho's Manchester United side are coming off the back of two draws and a defeat from their last four games in all competitions, but have been unbeaten at home in all competitions since September 2016. "I think it will be nearly impossible to qualify through the Premier League", Mourinho said. So finally today, they sing, they (twirl) scarves.

Before Celta Vigo's visit to Old Trafford for the semi-final second leg on Thursday, Mourinho said his decision to rest key players in the league was a result of those circumstances.

With Mourinho, it's always easy to fall back on everything he says being a trick, a mind game, but the United manager mostly sounded deflated and exhausted speaking to the media. Some of Rooney's greatest moments in a United shirt have come at Arsenal - his role in the 2009 Champions League semifinal win was among the very best - but Sunday did not provide another and he struck his shot too close to Petr Cech.

"After that we lost boys who were good alternatives... when we lost these players in a period of 17 matches in 7 weeks, it was the impossible job".

Matters are marginally brighter for United, though they have not scored a goal from open play for nearly seven hours, since Rooney's strike in the 2-0 win over Burnley.

"We still have a mathematical chance, but we need some help", Wenger said.

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