There was a decidedly anti-climatic air as Manchester United edged Arsenal 2-1 at Old Trafford as Arsene Wenger took charge of the iconic fixture for the final time in his storied career on Sunday. "We know that. I think he will do well at Arsenal".
Henrikh Mkhitaryan marked his return to Old Trafford with an equalizing goal as Arsenal - fielding a largely second-string team in view of the Europa League semifinal second leg on Thursday - responded well to conceding a 16th-minute goal from Paul Pogba.
But United made the breakthrough when an Alexis Sanchez header was heroically deflected onto the post by Hector Bellerin, only for Pogba to stab it into the net.
Wenger played down the prospect in the immediate future due to his apparent uncertainty over his next destination and - mischievously - Mourinho's.
The Belgium worldwide flicked a header past Gunners goalkeeper David Ospina from an Ashley Young cross.
United has now sealed its place in the Champions League next season and moved closer to itd target of finishing at least second best to champion Manchester City by opening a five-point gap on Liverpool.
"It is good to see them in this atmosphere - who can win challenges".
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"Mavropanos in training has shown top qualities, but then you have always a question mark as long you don't see that under pressure in a big game".
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho on his part noted that his team was a bit lucky to score in injury-time. "I have come here for a long, long time and next year somebody else will be on the bench and will get a very hostile reception as well, don't worry!"
Meanwhile, Wenger remained non-committal when asked about whether he would face off against United boss Jose Mourinho again next season. He wants to play all the time.
"I think if it was a draw it wouldn't be unfair".
"I think we did it fantastically well as a club - because it was the club that did it - but I felt it would mean more Sir Alex coming down than myself", Mourinho said. "It's been a good season for me, I just want to keep working hard and I'm looking forward to next season".
"He's a strong player and is very important for us, especially at the end of the game when we have a lot of the ball and we attack".