Cape Town - Jose
Mourinho has conceded that Manchester United can no longer finish in
the top four of the Premier League following their 2-0 loss to Arsenal
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
The Red Devils, who ended the afternoon in fifth with 65 points from
35 games, are just four points behind Liverpool, with three games to
play - against Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton and Crystal Palace.
They can also qualify for the Champions League by winning the Europa
League, where they take a 1-0 lead into their semi-final second leg next
After the defeat, Mourinho said: "It's impossible to finish in the
top four. I don't think other teams playing one match per week, and
being in a great situation, will lose.
"And we go with everything on Thursday and we cannot go with
everything against Tottenham. Then two days later we play Southampton,
then two days after that we play Crystal Palace, and that is too much.
"We have to chase the Champions League by winning the Europa League."
Mourinho made eight changes from the Celta Vigo win, including at
right back where Axel Tuanzebe made his first Premier League start of
"I am very happy with the players, they surprised me in a positive
way," the manager added. "I was really afraid that [Phil] Jones, [Chris]
Smalling and [Juan] Mata could not cope with 90 minutes because they
have been injured, but they did.
"The kid [Tuanzebe] was brilliant. Mkhi [Henrikh Mkhitaryan],
[Matteo] Darmian, [Ander] Herrera, tried their best, even though they
played 90 minutes two days ago.
"The team was much better today than against Man City. Arsenal
defended, coped with our attacking football, and they did well to keep