Jose Mourinho confirms Manchester United are giving up on the Premier League

This was Manchester United's first loss in the Premier League since October against Chelsea.

Mourinho said their cramped schedule, which includes a possible two further Europa League fixtures, meant United must win the tournament to qualify for next season's Champions League. They now face the La Liga club at home this Thursday night needing just a draw to advance to the final, which will be May 24th in Stockholm.

After the defeat, Mourinho said: "It's impossible to finish in the top four".

"And because we go with everything on Thursday and we can not go with everything against Tottenham".

"Go with everything at Tottenham and it's hard". When you don't go with everything, it's more hard.

"Three days later we have Southampton, and then Crystal Palace". I don't think we have any chance of the top four. Mourinho was rather more theatrical on the subject of his first competitive defeat against Wenger.

"I left Highbury. They were crying". They were walking the streets with heads low.

"Today (Sunday) they leave waving their scarves".

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He also added: "To have that record of winning so many matches is not normal". 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's side would have closed to within two points of third-placed Liverpool with a game in hand had they won at Arsenal, but instead stay fifth, five points behind. During the game I didn't like what I never like - he puts too much pressure on the fourth official all the time.

Granit Xhaka and Danny Welbeck did the damage in north London on Sunday and Mourinho has accepted United's hopes of a return to UEFA's elite competition via a league position are over.

Not that it stopped him getting a dig in at his old rival Wenger after Arsenal's fortuitous opening goal saw Xhaka's shot deflect in off Ander Herrera.

"We always have hope", he said. "When you play centre forward you know you want goals and so it hopefully gives him confidence".

"It was a patiently built win where in the first half you could see we were a bit nervous, in the second half we took the edge off and scored the goals. It was a very nice decision".

A top four spot has been there for the taking, but Mourinho and United seemed to voluntarily opt out; instead of playing until the end and being eliminated. We have four games left that we need to approach in the same way as today. "The game was under control. We'll focus on Wednesday, thank you".

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