The unlucky one

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November 21, 2016
The unlucky one

OPENER: Devil Juan Mata

Mourinho: We should have beaten Arsenal

Jose Mourinho moaned about his bad luck as Arsenal earned a 1-1 draw at Manchester United on Saturday.

Olivier Giroud headed home an 89th-minute equaliser for the Gunners and secured a Premier League point they didn’t deserve.

Just when it seemed Mourinho would get another win over old foe Arsene Wenger thanks to a second-half Juan Mata goal, Giroud popped up to head home fellow substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cross in the rarest of Arsenal attacks.

Injury-hit United had bossed the game and looked set to bring relief to Mourinho after an inconsistent start to the season when Mata struck in the 68th minute, stroking the ball in sweetly from Ander Herrera’s cut-back.

But it wasn’t to be, with the Special One saying: “This team at the moment is the unluckiest team in the Premier League. That is the reality.”

“Of course, it is two points dropped. We were the best team by far. They had no chances to win. They could not be Arsenal the way they normally play football.”

Wenger saluted his side’s “good spirit” to keep plugging away in a game where they were a distant second-best.

The Frenchman says: “We have shown steel. We want style as well but we had more steel than style.”

The match had begun in lively enough fashion, with Alexis Sanchez heading wide at one end and Mata sending a freekick just wide at the other.

Yet it developed into a dull affair until Mourinho finally got animated, screaming for a penalty when Antonio Valencia appeared to be brought down in the box by Nacho Monreal.

Both Mata and Anthony Martial brought fine saves from Petr Cech as United turned up the heat before the interval.

But, in the main, they were lacking a cutting edge in the absence of the suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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