Arsenal cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win at the Emirates Stadium to inflict United’s first defeat in 26 games since their hammering at Chelsea in October.
Liverpool had been held to a goalless draw by Southampton at Anfield earlier in the day to place a top-four finish back within the Manchester club’s grasp.
Win all four of their remaining fixtures and Champions League football would be secured without the need to lift the Europa League trophy later this month.
That mission began here then at the Emirates Stadium but Mourinho was not making life easy for himself by making wholesale changes to his team.
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