Marcus Rashford free-kick hands Man Utd advantage over Celta Vigo

"I don't think so, for two reasons".

Following their victory against Celta de Vigo, United's manager Jose Mourinho said, "I am very pleased with the performance but not with the result". "I left Highbury and they were crying, I left The Emirates and they were crying". I leave the Emirates, and they were crying, walking the streets with heads low. "So finally today they sing, they (swing) the scarves - it's nice for them".

"But they are a big club".

Aaron Ramsey was named man of the match after an all-action display and the Wales midfielder is enjoying the extra attacking licence granted to him by the 3-4-3 formation boss Arsene Wenger has deployed to good effect over recent weeks. "He is a big manager so to have that record ... is something that is not normal", Mourinho said.

"They eventually worked out that United were not at full strength and they might be able to win, but for most of the first half they looked nervous, as if they were thinking 'let's not lose and have more fans protests after the game".

"The free-kick is really well taken and I think the goalkeeper has no chance because the ball is really fast". From Friday onwards there are games scheduled on seven days out of 10, but for the so-called "most competitive league in the world", there is a distinct sense of anticlimax as we enter the final straight. Build on this, exert a little pressure and who knows?

"I don't ever see United playing the way certain supporters want (with wingers providing width)", former Arsenal and England defender Nigel Winterburn told Sky Sports. "The game was under control". Our chances were the big chances of the match.


"The Arsenal fans, they are happy", he added. They surprised me in a positive way. The kid [Tanzuabe] was brilliant.

That calls for a quick snack, believe these two Arsenal FC players sitting on the bench.

"I think the first goal put us in a hard situation, then I think Arsenal brought the block low, defended, coped with our attacking football, and did it to their advantage". His lineups and risk-averse tactics for recent matches against City and Arsenal may have ensured United won't climb above its current position of fifth. But you can not say that we did not try to win the game and that's what we are going to try to do in the remaining three matches in the Premier League.

Wenger celebrated his first Premier League win over Mourinho at the 13th attempt after goals from Granit Xhaka and Danny Welbeck kept Arsenal's Champions League qualification hopes alive.

Not a bad start to the Jose Mourinho era, many will say.

Rashford has scored 11 goals and assisted a further six strikes in 48 matches across all competitions for United so far this season.

  • Steve Townsend