Jose Mourinho hadn’t lost a Premier League game in more than six months. He had never lost a competitive game against rival coach Arsene Wenger in almost 13 years.
Two long, proud, unbeaten records came to an end for the Manchester United manager on Sunday.
United lost 2-0 at Arsenal at Emirates Stadium for a result that, according to Mourinho, makes it “impossible” for his team to finish in the top four and secure Champions League qualification through its league placing.
“All on the Europa League,” Mourinho said, piling the pressure on his players ahead of the second leg of a semifinal that United leads 1-0 against Celta Vigo on Thursday.
Mourinho used to ridicule the Europa League. Now, the competition could be his savior.
Leaving Arsenal’s ground as a losing coach for the first time in his managerial career, Mourinho bemoaned a grueling fixture schedule that led to him making eight changes — including…