Mourinho reacts to vital European win
Jose Mourinho praised another stunning contribution from David De Gea as Manchester United beat Young Boys to secure qualification for the knockout phase of the UEFA Champions League.
Speaking to BT Sport, MUTV and in his post-match press conference, the manager discussed the need to take chances going forward, another world-class save from David De Gea and provided an update on the condition of Victor Lindelof. Read what he had to say below...
QUALIFICATION IS GOOD
“We have qualified, that’s good. It was a very difficult group and to qualify with one match to go is obviously good. The performance had lots of good things but also lots of disappointed things. We lost too many chances, crucial chances in crucial moments of the game.”
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A SAVE ONLY THE BEST GOALKEEPER CAN MAKE
“From my position I think David's save looks a phenomenal save. A save that only the best goalkeeper in the world does and gives his team the possibility to win the match. He’s a world-class player. He’s the best goalkeeper in the world and we need the best goalkeeper in the world and you need also some other players who are the best in the world. In this case, we have the best goalkeeper in the world and I know that he wants to stay.
THE PLAYERS GAVE EVERYTHING
”When you start the game and don't score immediately, that feeling comes. We are not a team that is scoring a lot of goals. We feel that. In the Champions League we have qualified with one goal scored at home. It is a negative record. But it is fantastic that we have qualified from such a difficult group. So I think the boys feel it on their shoulders, but I have very tired players and that is what I like. It means that they gave everything and their effort was big.”
PRAISE FOR FELLAINI
“Felli works hard. That is what you can demand and that is what a player has to do without anyone demanding it, and he does that. Obviously, I would be very, very upset with the draw because it would be a big chance to qualify missed with a match in hand. But I am happy with the intensity, the desire and the change of image in relation to the last match.”
“I hope that he can play around Christmas time, when we have accumulation of matches. I would say three weeks, or something like that.”
AN IMPECCABLE RECORD
“For some of my lovers I just want to say for the ones that like stats: 14 seasons in the Champions League, 14 times qualified through the group phase. Never one of my teams stay behind in the group phase. The season I didn't play Champions League, I won the Europa League.”