Manager reaction: Key quotes

Thursday 26 July 2018 09:09

Jose Mourinho spoke to MUTV after Manchester United's incredible 9-8 victory on penalties over AC Milan in the Reds' International Champions Cup match on Wednesday.

The United boss reflected on the "fun" shoot-out and also praised his team's performance against a strong Milan side. Read what he had to say to MUTV now...

A pleasing performance

"Yeah, the penalty shoot-out is just fun, especially fun for the American fans because everybody knows they love this kind of situation. For us the most important thing was the game, the intensity of the game, the difficulty of the game, the fact we played in a different system, a system that is not easy to play. The boys I think individually had a good performance and collectively even better. It was a pity that, you don't want to lose, you want to try for the best possible result, so I had to go with players for 90 minutes which at this moment of the season is not the best thing."

Great enthusiasm from Alexis

"Yes, he arrived hungry, he arrived with appetite for football. He's been working really well since day one. Since the first session at the Aon Training Complex, he's worked with enthusiasm. Physically he's working really, really hard and he was very good [in the game]. Of course after 60, 65 minutes, you could see his energy going down but he was saying to be on the pitch for 90 minutes was something he wanted to try, which he did.

United beat Milan on penalties article

The Reds win the third game of the US tour in a shoot-out after a 1-1 draw in normal time.

Shoot-out fun

"Yes, we were having fun. He was saying only us, me and Gattuso. It was really fun. Honestly it was really fun and it was good for players that never take a penalty to feel it, even in a friendly match. To go there and have that chance to feel that little bit of pressure is good so it was a good experience. But for me, the important thing is that, with the group of players we have and losing Valencia already and Matic even worse [to injury], to play against Milan's best team and to play the way we did and get the result that could have been even better than it was, I think was good."