Michael Carrick, whose contract at Man Utd runs out next summer, has proved he deserves to be an automatic starter for the Red Devils for the rest of the season, according to Ray Wilkins.
Wilkins told SSN HQ: “Mourinho will be extremely upset. I think when you saw his press conference he said it felt like a defeat. I thought United played exceptionally well.
“I think the inclusion of Michael Carrick has to be a permanent for Jose because it allows Herrera – who is finally becoming a Manchester United player in the middle of the field – and Pogba to go and do their work in advanced areas.
“Carrick just gives them that little bit of serenity in the middle of the field when they need to control a game. His passing is fantastic.”
“Also, Phil Jones is starting to look a player once again after a long lay-off. That’s an absolute bonus for Jose.”
Mourinho rued his side’s bad luck after the game as United were consigned to a third straight league draw at home after frustrating outings against Burnley and Stoke.
Wilkins believes United’s fortunes will improve over the course of the season if they can play with the same level of intensity as they did on Saturday.
“Everybody has their good luck and everybody has their bad luck,” Wilkins said. “I wouldn’t say they have been the unluckiest team.
“What I did see on Saturday was an energy that I haven’t seen from them before. They put Arsenal under a huge amount of pressure and, for once, the Arsenal players couldn’t cope with that pressure.
“They were flustered in possession of the ball and they did not play the way I’m sure Arsene [Wenger] would have liked them to play.
“I was very impressed with Manchester United. I thought they looked a good side.
“I personally would have played [Wayne] Rooney through the middle from the start and had [Marcus] Rashford out on the left-hand side. [Anthony] Martial is not having such a good time at the moment.
“But nevertheless it was a good performance. I think before the game if you had offered Jose a point he probably would have taken it.”