Jose Mourinho has expressed his disappointment following Manchester United’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal in the Premier League.
The Portuguese, with Thursday’s clash with Celta Vigo a clear priority, made eight changes from the side that claimed a 1-0 win in Spain last week.
Man United forged a number of chances during the opening stages, with Wayne Rooney spurning the best of them, before a deflected Granit Xhaka strike and a Danny Welbeck header within three second half minutes ended their 25 game unbeaten run in galling fashion.
And Mourinho, speaking after the game, once again bemoaned his side’s inability to finish chances.
“I’m disappointed with the result, not the performance. I liked individual performances and also collective performances,” he said.
“We lost because we didn’t score and we had great chances to score before them. They had luck with that goal.
“The team was good, organised, we tried to win, we played to win, we defended well and Arsenal weren’t better than us in my opinion.”
The 54-year-old noted that his United side essentially gave up on the Premier League after their 1-1 draw with Swansea City at Old Trafford and there were times at the Emirates where such resignation was apparent.
Mourinho’s men were organised against Arsenal but ultimately lacking much bite, their minds clearly drifting towards Thursday’s clash with Celta and the prospect of being a clean sheet away from a European final.
The Premier League probably feels like a lost cause after countless draws and missed opportunities to these players. I’m sure they would, if given the option, finish their season now and focus entirely on the Europa League. That is, I’m afraid, the kind of attitude that characterised their approach against Arsenal.