Petr Cech spoke to the media after Arsenal were beaten 2-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

Here’s a transcript of what he said.

on disappointment at losing…
Man United away is a big game. They fight to have a chance to enter the top four, so we knew it was going to be a difficult game. In a game like this, you can make mistakes and we were punished for them. Every time we made a mistake at the back, they [profited]. The third goal was a lucky bounce for them and I thought it was decisive, because if we could have come back to 2-2 in the second half, we would have had a chance to win the game. At 3-1 down, you try to get one back as soon as possible, which we managed to do. But we didn’t create enough to score in the last 10 minutes.

on thoughts on the title race…
We still have a chance, so we will go for it until the last minute. This was a big disappointment for us and is a step back after last week, where we managed to overcome a deficit against Leicester at home. This is a step back but we need to keep working.

on if Manchester United were surprising…
I think it was a perfect game for them. They had nothing to lose and had a very good win in midweek, so everyone was ready for the game. We knew it was going to be difficult but, as I said, no matter what opposition you play against, if you make mistakes, you’re going to be punished.

on damage done to title aspirations…
It’s a step back but we can still make up for this. We have two important games coming up this week and if we manage to win both, the table might look better again.

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Nik Brumsack 28 Feb 2016