When Arsene Wenger said he wasn’t expecting Man Utd to park the bus it is unlikely he actually meant it. However, Jose Mourinho’s men came out of the blocks like Usain Bolt at The Emirates. They raced into an early two goal lead and never looked back. It was always going to be difficult for Arsenal after that start, and it eventually finished 3-1. Jose Mourinho usually enjoys taking the plaudits himself, but this time he gave all the credit to his players.
Mentality Pleases Mourinho
David De Gea pulled off a string of spectacular saves to keep Utd in front. However, Mourinho was pleased with his whole team. Speaking after the match he said: “He [De Gea] was outstanding – all the team was, they gave everything. They went through different periods of the game where we were very dominant and very aggressive.”
“But I saw two very good teams. Two very different teams in different moments of the game in a fantastic match. Arsenal were brilliant in their attacking football in the last 15 or 20 minutes of the first half. Then the team had to adapt again when we went down to 10 men. The players were brilliant in that mental approach and [gave] great performances.”
Pogba Sees Red
When asked about Paul Pogba’s red card, Mourinho took the Wenger approach and said he didn’t see it. It looked a clear cut decision to us and Pogba was perhaps looking for retribution after Bellerin’s earlier tackle on Ashley Young.
Utd didn’t miss the Frenchman in the final few minutes at The Emirates, but he will be missing for the Manchester Derby next week. Pogba has made a massive difference in midfield for Utd since returning from injury and he is going to be sorely missed in what looks a must win match for Man Utd next week.