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

Manchester United v Arsenal – Premier League – Old Trafford

Manchester United v Arsenal – Premier League – Old Trafford

Manchester United host Arsenal on Wednesday night as respective bosses Jose Mourinho and Unai Emery share their first Premier League meeting.

Mourinho's team are now in seventh place, 16 points off Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table and eight adrift from the Champions League qualifying places.

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Mourinho said he would have to hold off naming his side to face Arsenal until two or three hours before kick-off, as he did against Southampton, in a bid to give as many players as possible a chance to prove their fitness. Matic will start if not needed in defence, with Marouane Fellaini - last season's hero in this fixture - likely to feature too. "Spurs was the team who didn't make direct investment but the best investment is to keep the top players you have so everything got better and we didn't so I was expecting difficulties for this season but my target is still the top four and we have to fight until the end to try to finish in the top four". The player's colossal showings at the back have played a key role in the Partenopei's rise in recent seasons, and he is now widely regarded as one of the best defenders in the world.

"A football player is paid - and very well paid - to be a football professional", said Mourinho.

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"It is very hard to win there because they are a very big team with big players and have a big atmosphere pushing them, but it is an exciting match and my motivation is very big".

"You talk about the freedom of contracts, which frustrates supporters, but it will happen more and more with players".

"[It] doesn't matter the system we play, [it] has to do with the characteristics of the players", said Mourinho in his post-match press conference.

"If you say that a player plays well or bad because of who the manager is, you are calling the player dishonest. I don't believe in that".

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