Mourinho assesses win at Benfica
Jose Mourinho vowed to
“fight to win” Champions League Group A following Manchester United’s 1-0 victory over Benfica in Lisbon on Wednesday.
The Reds maintained their immaculate form in the competition thanks to Marcus Rashford’s ingenious free-kick and a ninth clean sheet of the season.
Here’s how the manager responded to his team’s performance when he spoke to MUTV after the game…
REVIEWING THE PERFORMANCE
“It’s not a match where I have one more white hair, because everything was calm, in control. We felt since the beginning that we couldn’t lose the match, that a point would be a positive result for us. They went from top to bottom; we went the opposite way during the match. They lost intensity, they lost pressure, they lost control, and we were totally in control from minute 20 until the end of the game. It was not magic, but it was a solid performance. We have nine points and are almost there.”
THE STATUS OF THE GROUP
“Yes, now we have to fight to win the group. I think Basel have six points, we have nine. We have to go to Basel and, maybe, we have to discuss the first and second positions in the group. Or maybe not, depending on other results.”
“I already told the Portuguese press: only top keepers concede these goals. Because bad keepers stay on their line; bad keepers don't come out for crosses; bad keepers don't try to analyse the game; bad keepers don't use their space to give cover like he did in the first half a few times. I knew before the match – this keeper is phenomenal.”
“I thought it was cramp. I asked him and he told me ‘no’. He felt something in his knee. Hopefully it’s not a big one.”
McTOMINAY’S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DEBUT
“His first match in the Champions League for Manchester United. It’s not just a nice moment for the kid, but for everyone at the club.”
AN INJURY UPDATE
“Hopefully some of them [can return] but I don’t know. I don’t know about Paul [Pogba], I don’t know about Fellaini. For Eric Bailly, I think it will be difficult. For Jones, possible. He was on the bench because he felt that if we really needed him, he could [play].”