Mind games begin as Jose Mourinho takes dig at Arsenal's unbeaten run

Sergio Cunningham
December 5, 2018

"This year, as we're facing even more problems, it proves what I said when the season started: that it would be very tough for us".

"We don't have many - with all the respect, hope people understand what I mean - we don't have many "mad dogs".

"We don't need a miracle [to finish in the top four] at all".

"I didn't think Alexis Sanchez's style of play would suit United, he's a free spirit and you have to know how to deal with him", he said.

United have endured a hard season and trail Arsenal by eight points, a gap the Gunners will have high confidence of extending into double digits having gone 19 games unbeaten in all competitions. Now we have to try to be very close to these positions.

"Maybe someone like [Shkodran] Mustafi or Sokratis [Papastathopoulos], the free-kick he gave away then they scored, the goalie should have done better with the Eric Dier goal - those little mistakes we need to eradicate". "The investment Everton made was phenomenal and obviously there is a great improvement in that team from last season in relation to this, but I don't think Everton will be in front of Manchester United at the end of the season".

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Mourinho has said repeatedly he was expecting a hard campaign and revealed ahead of the meeting with the Gunners that he has been proved right because his was the only team in the top six that did not to improve over the summer.

José Mourinho has retracted his claim that Manchester United now need "a miracle" to finish in the top four, but opted against making any firm predictions other than to say he was confident his team would finish above Everton.

The day before, United had drawn for a second-successive Premier League game as their match at Southampton ended 2-2.

"I believe we are going to be there".

"I don't speak about that".

"I look back at Sanchez for Arsenal, and there's something not quite right with him at United, and it will be interesting to see how the situation will develop".

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