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guardian.co.tt Monday, May 8, 2017
Long unbeaten records come
to an end for coach Mourinho
Jose Mourinho hadn't lost a Premier League
game in more than six months. He had never lost
a competitive game against rival coach Arsene
Wenger in almost 13 years.
Two long, proud, unbeaten records came to an end
for the Manchester United manager yesterday.
United lost 2-0 at Arsenal at Emirates Stadium
for a result that, according to Mourinho, makes it
"impossible" for his team to finish in the top four
and secure Champions League qualification through
its league placing.
"All on the Europa League," Mourinho said, piling
the pressure on his players ahead of the second leg of
a semifinal that United leads 1-0 against Celta Vigo
Mourinho used to ridicule the Europa League. Now,
the competition could be his saviour.
Leaving Arsenal's ground as a losing coach for
the first time in his managerial career, Mourinho
bemoaned a grueling fixture schedule that led to
him making eight changes---including leaving out
the world's most expensive player, Paul Pogba---and
giving debuts to two youngsters, 19-year-old defend-
er Axel Tuanzebe and 20-year-old midfielder Scott
He also attempted to have the last laugh over
Wenger, who hadn't come out on the winning side
against Mourinho in 15 competitive games until Granit
Xhaka and Danny Welbeck struck within four minutes
of each other in the second half.
"Arsene Wenger is not a small manager. He is a big
manager so to have that record...is something that
is not normal," Mourinho said.
Indeed, the toughest of Wenger's 21 years at Arsenal
could yet have a happy ending.
This win lifted Arsenal to within two points of
fifth-placed United, having played one game fewer,
and within seven points of third-placed Liverpool,
having played two games fewer. Liverpool could only
draw 0-0 at home to Southampton in the other league
game played on Sunday.
With four games remaining, Arsenal could yet
squeeze into the top four and play in the Champions
League for a 20th straight season. The team also has
an FA Cup final against Chelsea at the end of May.
Arsenal 2, Man United 0
A disappointing game burst into life in the 54th min-
ute when Xhaka, afforded plenty of space in central
midfield following a throw-in, advanced and drove
in a 30-meter (yard) shot that struck the turned back
Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, top, jumps on Manchester United's Jesse Lingered
during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Manchester
United at the Emirates stadium in London, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Manchester United 35
West Ham United
of Ander Herrera and looped over goalkeeper
David de Gea.
Welbeck, who was sold to Arsenal in 2014 to
end a 13-year association with United, powered
home a header off the bar in the 57th from Alex
Oxlade-Chamberlain's cross to make it 2-0.
The striker has now scored in each of his last
three appearances against his old club.
"It was a patiently built win," said Wenger,
whose side encountered few problems in de-
fence against a United side missing the injured
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the rested Marcus
Arsenal will climb above United with a win
at Southampton on Wednesday.
United hasn't scored away to a top-six rival
Liverpool 0, Southampton 0
Liverpool hasn't scored a goal against South-
ampton in four matches this season---two in the
league and two in the League Cup.
Even when the team was gifted a penalty,
Liverpool couldn't capitalise.
James Milner's perfect record from the spot
this season ended when his kick was saved by
Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster in the
66th minute of a lackluster game at Anfield.
The penalty was awarded for a handball against
Milner scored from his first seven spot kicks
this season and hadn't missed a Premier League
penalty since 2009.
The point lifted Liverpool back into third
place above Man City. (AP)
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