Jose Mourinho somehow survived the showdown against Arsenal without a life threatening shot, as the red devils came from behind twice to deal level against Unai Emery’s Arsenal thanks to Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard.
Mourinho had most players unavailable and had to use a makeshift squad. An unusual 3-4-3 formation saw Eric Bailly and Marcus Rojo start in defence alongside Chris Smalling. Diogo Dalot and Matteo Darmian also started with Matic and Herrera in midfield, while the front line saw Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial all start.
After the fixture, Jose Mourinho lamented on his squad’s ability but however praised their effort against Unai Emery’s Arsenal despite having several new faces in the team.
“We shoot ourselves so many times during the season. That is really, really difficult, but big soul by the players,” Mourinho said
“Fantastic attitude from the first minute. Many players in difficulties, some good performances but players in difficulty.”
“We should win the game. We made two big mistakes for their goals, we made other mistakes that were the mistakes to allow them to have counter-attack situations.”
“Diogo Dalot the first [Premier League] start, Marcos Rojo the first minutes [of the season] , Matteo Darmian the third [Premier League] start, Eric Bailly doesn’t play for a couple months,”
“It’s a positive sign but there are things that I cannot get from them and I cannot say much more than this,”
“I prefer just to say that I’m happy with the soul, the commitment the bravery – I’m really happy with that.” The manager said.