However, that eight-point gap to the Champions League spots is unlikely to diminish quickly unless United can beat the teams they are competing against for those coveted places.
It also ratcheted up the pressure ahead of struggling Fulham's visit this weekend, a match Dalot, fresh from making his first league start, is determined to win to kick-start their top-four hopes.
Defender Diogo Dalot added: "We sleep thinking about getting into the top four and we wake thinking about getting into the top four".
Arsenal boss Unai Emery has said Mesut Ozil is still training separately with a physio as he recovers from a back problem and remains a doubt for Saturday's game against Huddersfield.
"I think it is our main goal for now to get into the top four and we are going to fight for that and I think we will get there". "That's the best for him and for us". "He couldn't play in Kiev in the Europa League or yesterday, and at the moment, I don't know if he can play in Manchester".
"Sead Kolasinac came off with his head down but I said to him he had a very good match in attack and you have to be positive and learn from this match".
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Arsenal came close to winning the game on several occasions but De Gea made up for his error with some fine saves.
"I am very happy with the desire", he said. "It was a hard game", Papastathopoulos said.
"He needs to think about his future, for his family and for him, but if he plays like he did on Sunday, it's the best for him and the best for us".
The desire and effort was visible in all of his Mourinho's players, which is more than can be said for Saturday's 2-2 draw against relegation-candidates Southampton.
We also have concerns in defence as Rob Holding is facing a spell on the sidelines after he was stretchered off with a serious-looking knee injury on Wednesday night.
"And we want confidence in every match and we are improving in this".