Michael Carrick "desperate" to win Europa League

Arsenal's Granit Xhaka celebrates scoring their first goal

Jose Mourinho did not care about Manchester United's defeat to Arsenal, according to the club's former defender Phil Neville.

Last week's 1-0 semifinal first-leg win at Celta Vigo puts United in the driving seat heading into the second leg at Old Trafford on Thursday.

How they play matters and qualification for next season's Champions League, which will be secured if they triumph in the May 24 Europa League final in Sweden, might further expose the deficiencies of the Mourinho brand.

"Against Chelsea they wanted to play from the first minute to the last". I liked very, very much the individual performances and I also liked them collectively. The Arsenal fans were finally cheering and singing and it is nice for them.

"But they are a big club". Honestly, I'm not enjoying that.

Reporter João Castello Branco mentioned that Mourinho has recently changed his approach to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, but the Portuguese boss insisted there was never an issue in the first place. I was back doing what I like the most, and I'm really excited about being able to help the team as much as I can in the final sprint.

Mourinho had claimed that "peace" reigned between himself and Wenger prior to the game, but he questioned the Frenchman's poor record against him afterwards and accused him of putting unfair pressure on the fourth official. It might be a little more light hearted this time round, but don't expect it to last too long... We shook hands before the game, we shook hands after the game.

United remain four points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City with three games remaining, including a trip to second-placed Tottenham Hotspur. Do not think that I am happy that they are not winning trophies. They were walking the streets with their heads low. We try first to get to the final, then if we do it, we try to win the final.

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick says that he is "desperate" to win the Europa League title this season. "But overall, we look a bit more stable".

"I can see they're clearly going for the Europa League as the main target, but I think that's naïve".

All round a good win against a Manchester United side who clearly have one eye on the Europa League.

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