Key quotes: Jose reacts to Champions League win
Jose Mourinho reflected on a 'good' Manchester United performance after the Reds comfortably beat Young Boys 3-0 in the opening Champions League group match.
The boss singled out contributions from Diogo Dalot, who made his debut for the club, and Luke Shaw as his side eased past the Swiss champions with a brace from Paul Pogba and a second-half goal from Anthony Martial.
Speaking to BT Sport and in his post-match press conference, Mourinho highlighted Dalot's potential at United and also identified Pogba's confidence to take another penalty, following the Frenchman's miss from the spot against Burnley earlier this month.
GOOD PERFORMANCE AFTER DIFFICULT START
“Job done. It wasn't phenomenal, but good enough. I'm happy. I can understand the reasons why we didn’t start well, why we took 25 minutes to be in control, I can see why Young Boys forced it a little in the beginning. They did the same against Dinamo Zagreb too. They know how difficult it is for opponents on this pitch, so they forced it a little and created problems. The goal changed this and then we were in control. It’s important to start with a victory.”
SHAW AND DALOT
“I think Diogo and Luke played very well – our danger came from both. They had fantastic movement, depth, crosses, assists, involved in the most dangerous actions and defended very well. Both played very well but of course Luke has been here for a few years, while it was Diogo’s first match for the club after knee surgery. I think it was a solid performance – you could see his potential. He’s a 19-year-old defender with more than 10 years to play for Manchester United.”
“It was good. He felt a bit tired in the last part of the game, that's why I took him off, but yeah, he was solid, class, giving the team the pace that we need sometimes. To increase the pace, keep the possession and iust keep control of the tempo. Of course he scored a very good goal and the penalty showed personality, because when you miss a penalty you have doubts about taking the next one, but there were no doubts for him.”
PLAYING ON AN ARTIFICIAL PITCH
“After training yesterday, and it was only light training, I had some players who were feeling their ankles or backs. They were sore. It's not easy, especially for people that are not adapted to it, so I think there was also a bit of fear in the duels. People are more used to playing on great surfaces in England with always water, if not rain. The clubs, they provide the water and the football is much more beautiful that way. Now I can say, because the game is over, I don't understand how you can play the best club competition on an artificial pitch.”
THREE WINS IN A ROW
“At half-time I told the players it was the third time in a row that we arrived at half-time winning 2-0. Against Burnley we didn’t finish it off but didn’t concede; at Watford we did concede and we were in trouble. Today we could have had more of that but in the second half the players were responsible and ambitious to score the third goal. What I like most is after two defeats, we’ve had three victories in a row away with solid performances. Now let’s go home again on Saturday.”
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TWO GOOD OPPONENTS ON THE HORIZON
“It was important for us to win, because probably, I just said probably, every team is going to make six points against Young Boys. So, it was important for us not to waste points today, but now we have three consecutive matches, two against Juventus and one against Valencia and it is in these matches where we must get the points to qualify and of course, they are two very good opponents.”