Carrick 'desperate' to win Europa League

Granit Xhaka scored the first goal for Arsenal

Granit Xhaka scored the first goal for Arsenal

The Europa League Final is looming for Manchester United, but what would victory in Stockholm later this month mean for the Red Devils and their Premier League top six rivals?

Arsene Wenger's men can now use the momentum of their weekend win to finally put together a top four chase and try to end the a fairly dismal season on a high. I think he did an fantastic job and I think Alexis [Sanchez] knows his name because the kid really played very well."It was hard for me to manage the game because the players that I wanted to replace are the players that, in principle, start the game on Thursday".

The Arsenal boss has been under intense scrutiny lately, with between 50 and 100 fans walking to the Emirates Sunday carrying signs asking for his removal.

"So finally today they sing, they (swing) the scarves - it's nice for them". Though the Gunners manager chose not to answer the question at the post match conference, he can not deny that this comes as a big relief for him and the club.

Neville thinks seeing Mourinho smiling and laughing during post-match interviews proved his focus was always elsewhere as he discussed the decline in importance of the Arsenal v United fixture, once the biggest game in English football. I'm not enjoying that, honestly. Normal is win, lose, draw. Tuanzebe recognised he'd made an impression on those watching, pleased that "I seemed to do that quite well" but at the end of the game "we didn't win" so, therefore, he admitted his own performance really doesn't count for much in the end.

Mourinho admitted after the defeat that United's only hopes of qualifying for the Champions League rest on winning the Europa League, with his side sat four points off the top four. "I am thinking about the club and the players", Mourinho said.

On Sunday this came to fruition on Sunday as Manchester United played a very weakened and defensive team at Arsenal.

'We're having a season where things have been hard but I'm convinced in the coming years we can show another side'.

For so long a key player for club and country, this season the 31-year-old forward has found himself in the unusual position of scrapping for a starting role.

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