Mourinho: Europa semi is United's 'most important' match

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho resumed his favourite game of Wenger-baiting after his side lost at Emirates Stadium on Sunday

A 2-0 defeat against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium on Sunday ensured United have now drawn a blank in away games against Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal, with Mourinho's less than ambitious tactics in all of those matches coming under fire from Sky Sports pundit Carragher.

Mourinho made eight changes to the team that beat Celta Vigo in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final.

However they must continue to cope without Ashley Young, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Tim Fosu-Mensah and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. "But it doesn't look like because of that the commitment and the focus of the players has gone down", he told reporters when asked about Neville's comments. "17 matches in seven weeks, with 16 players is impossible". A decision based on common sense. 17 matches in seven weeks in April and May.

Fourth-placed Manchester City are four points ahead with three matches to go, while Arsenal are now just two points behind in sixth and have a game in hand on the Red Devils.

"It was not a gamble - it was just a outcome of our situation".

"But it doesn't matter what, no regrets".

While United have struggled in the Premier League this term, the Portuguese could end his first season in the hotseat with a third trophy.

"We are giving everything so when you give everything, no problem".

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United carry a 1-0 advantage into the home leg of the tie after their win in Spain last week.

Meanwhile club captain Wayne Rooney said he wants to stay at United, even if the lack of game-time is grating on the club's all-time top scorer.

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is "desperate" to end the season with Europa League glory.

"There's no rivalry. Maybe the rivalry started because when I came to England in 2004, Arsenal were the best team and started losing league titles after 2004".

Jamie Carragher also branded United "embarrassing" for their record against the top six in the Premier League this season.

Mourinho said a week ago, 'let's hope Old Trafford wants the win because when Old Trafford wants it, we win'.

"I see a difference between matches". "I don't think it's consistent, the atmosphere and enthusiasm". I felt that going in at half-time at 0-0 we would have a good chance to win the game.

But after a battling first-half display, the visitors were undone after the interval with Xhaka's 25-metre shot looping up off Ander Herrera to catch out United keeper David De Gea after 54 minutes and then Welbeck adding a second against his former side with a header from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's cross.



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