Key quotes: Jose's verdict on United 3 Stoke 0
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho declared himself happier with the second half than the first period when speaking to the media after his side's comfortable 3-0 win over Stoke City at Old Trafford.
Here are the manager's main comments on the match from his interviews with Sky Sports and MUTV...
SECOND HALF BETTER THAN THE FIRST
“I think the first half was not very good, I think Stoke had a good, positive attitude. We scored an amazing goal, but it was not enough to hurt them because they had a very good reaction, they were very positive, they had the best chances in the first half, and then we were a bit lucky to score the second goal, another beautiful one.
”In the second half it was different, the second half was harder for them, 2-0 was difficult for them to react to, we were in control of the game. They just had the one chance at the end with Diouf when we were 3-0 up with amazing goals. We had lots of chances to score the third goal and to kill the match before we did. But to say the match was in our control from the beginning, I wouldn't say that because I think they [Stoke] were good. We were sometimes too calm, sometimes too slow, in the first half and we let them get compact and organise quite easily. In the second half we improved, we moved the ball quicker, we had faster transitions, we passed the ball and recovered the ball and we created them problems.
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“I think the distance between first and second is still big, distance that normally, the leader controls. I've been there before, you play without pressure, you play with confidence, you play with a tranquility that you can slip and make a few errors no problem, so it's up to them [Manchester City] to keep the confidence and to control their destiny. But it doesn't matter what the points distance is to me, what matters is that every match we have to win and we have to try and finish in the best possible positionAt the same time we have to be the best team possible because next year is another season and it's a little bit of a continuation from this season, so if we manage to arrive at the end of the season with a good level of footballing performance it will help us to be better next season.
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“Valencia can do anything. And when he scores, he really scores fantastic goals. I am really happy for him. He was away injured but he came back, played well and scored a goal.”
“He scored yesterday the same goal in training but instead of Paul's pass, it was my pass. I was making the assists for the finishing. It was a great assist and the same shot!”
“He was moving the ball fantastically well, with long passes changing the direction and creating problems for the opponent. He had an assist and if he had scored the free-kick with the last shot of the game, it would be really a reward for him. I think he is happy with the way the team is playing and he's happy because the team is changing the profile and the profile is going more in his direction.”