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Jose Mourinho: I want Marouane Fellaini to stay at Manchester United

Jose Mourinho: I want Marouane Fellaini to stay at Manchester United

Cape Town - Arsène Wenger praised Manchester United's "classy" gesture on Sunday after he was handed a commemorative gift by old rival Alex Ferguson ahead of his final game at Old Trafford as Arsenal boss. Arsenal's 1-0 win here in 1998 sparked an unlikely rally to win the league at the expense of United, and another 1-0 win in 2002 clinched a second league title.

"I don't know if he is going to be out or if he's not okay", Mourinho told reporters.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan marked his return to Old Trafford with an equalizing goal as Arsenal - fielding a largely second-string team in view of the Europa League semifinal second leg on Thursday - responded well to conceding a 16th-minute goal from Paul Pogba.

"I am programmed to try and win football games but I don't think that changes".

Not to be perturbed, United attempted the exact same approach less than three minutes later and this time Fellaini managed to guide his backwards header beyond the outstretched arm of David Ospina...

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in his post-match comments said that his young team gave a good account of themselves, adding that they deserved a little more.

"We have the three points, we are sure to participate in the Champions League".

Mourinho also admitted that Man United's performance was not of a high level, but he did state his belief that they deserved to win.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has suggested that out-of-contract midfielder Marouane Fellaini is close to agreeing fresh terms with the club.

So that was the question mark before the game and I think he did well.

"It is the first time I have received a trophy before the game".

"It was a positive performance and overall reflects our season, we had chances and especially on counter-attacks", Wenger said.

Mourinho also warmly embraced the man he once called a "voyeur" and a "specialist in failure", although the Portuguese avoided joining Ferguson and Wenger in a touchline photo opportunity. "I only played Mr Wenger three or four times as United manager".

On Arsene Wenger's send-off he said: "I think we did it fantastically well as a club. I want to have a glass of red wine with Sir Alex because it is always good wine".