Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has analysed his side’s performance against a second-string Arsenal side and believes his squad were not better than Arsene Wenger’s young team who were ‘solid and well-organised’.
Arsene Wenger’s final trip to Manchester United as Arsenal manager ended in defeat after an injury-time winner from Marouane Fellaini condemned the North London side to their six successive defeat on the road.
Wenger, whose team won the title at Old Trafford in 2002 started the game smiling, but left disappointed after his side stretched their winless run at Old Trafford to 11 matches but Mourinho insists the likes of Mavropanos (20), Maitland-Niles (20), Alex Iwobi (21), Reis Nelson (18) and substitute Chris Willock (20) gave good account of themselves.
Mourinho: We were not better than Arsenal's young team Mourinho: We were not better than Arsenal's young team
“I think for 70 minutes that 1-1 was a fair result. We were not better than them and their young team was solid and well-organised. When they scored, they decided to not lose the game and we started to take the game in another direction.
Wenger opted to make eight changes to his team with one eye on Thursday’s Europa League semi-final second leg at Atletico Madrid, which is poised at 1-1. Mourinho told BBC Sports
With an average age of 24 years and 67 days, it was Arsenal’s youngest starting XI in the Premier League since August 2011 – in their infamous 8-2 defeat at Old Trafford.