Mind games begin as Jose Mourinho takes dig at Arsenal's unbeaten run

Mourinho could take a thing or two from the former United boss

Mourinho could take a thing or two from the former United boss

The pressure is again mounting on Mourinho, whose United side are winless in three Premier League games and sit eighth in the table.

"I didn't think Alexis Sanchez's style of play would suit United, he's a free spirit and you have to know how to deal with him", he said.

Results over the weekend left Mourinho's seventh-placed United eight points behind Emery's fourth-placed Arsenal, who registered their most eye-catching victory since appointing the Spaniard over the summer by beating Tottenham 4-2 in Sunday's derby at the Emirates Stadium.

"Until a year ago I said that finishing second was a fantastic thing because of the qualities we had in comparison to the quality of the other teams that are fighting for the top four". The target has changed in the sense of "let's try to close the distance as much as we can and try by the end of December to be very close to these positions".

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"The investment Everton made was phenomenal, and obviously there was a great improvement in that team from last season in relation to this, but I don't think Everton will be in front of Manchester United at the end of the season", he said.

"It will be interesting if he stays and plays a major part for the club or whether he looks for a new challenge, but he's not hit the level of performance from his time at Arsenal".

"I know it's a big gap", said Mourinho, before the game against Crystal Palace. "I don't play the game of the suggest". "I can agree", he said, noting that Everton are above them in sixth.

Paul Pogba has come in for a whole heap of criticism this season from both the Manchester United fans and his own manager. Matic will start if not needed in defence, with Marouane Fellaini - last season's hero in this fixture - likely to feature too. Mourinho also denied claims that he had mentioned that finishing in the top four would be a "miracle", but anything apart from a win on Wednesday will make it improbable.

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