EPL 2016-17: Diego Maradona calls Jose Mourinho after Manchester United's draw with Arsenal
It was a rather frustrating game for United, who were the better side but eventually only managed a draw against a tepid Arsenal side.
After Manchester United’s draw against Arsenal yesterday, United boss Jose Mourinho was cheered up by a call from Argentina legend Diego Maradona. Mourinho divulged to the world that Maradona had in fact rung him up after the game at Old Trafford where Olivier Giroud’s equalising goal earned a draw for the Gunners, cancelling out Juan Mata’s opener.
Mourinho took to social media to reveal the information that one of the greatest players in the world had called to offer some support.
The post read, “After a great performance but a bad result i had a phone call from king diego..gracias amigo. With you, with my family, with other friends, with my players and with Utd amazing supporters...monday i will be ready again!!!”
Mourinho was rather disappointed with the result and in his press conference suggested that they were “unlucky”.
“We all know inside, internally, that in this moment that we are the unlucky team in the Premier League. We know that.”
He was left ruing the games that United failed to pick up enough points from, “If we just focus on Burnley, Stoke and Arsenal - nine points easily. If we had (those) six points more we are top four and close to the top of the league.”
And when Mourinho came to the end of his press conference, he left the room saying, “Finally I lost against Arsenal. That is the feeling I take home. Finally I lost against Arsenal.”
Mourinho’s United side have not been performing as many expected, especially after they splashed the cash in the summer. The Special one will aim to guide the club back into Europe this year with already losing out and dropping too many points to be considered title contenders at the moment.
However, there is still time and anything can happen and United still have an outside chance for the title should the teams above them drop enough points in the Premier League.
Manchester United haven't won the Premier League title since the 2012-13 season under Sir Alex Ferguson after two decades of dominance in England, and Jose Mourinho was specifically brought in to guide the club back to success. At the moment at least, United are still an unfinished product which is not delivering every week and Mourinho must be given time to succeed as he has done in the past.
That being said, he surely was glad that Diego Maradona the “king” offered some support.