Mourinho reacts to Turf Moor triumph
Jose Mourinho was pleased with his Manchester United team’s efforts in Saturday’s Premier League win at Burnley.
The Reds made it four straight wins in all competitions in 2018 as Anthony Martial scored a second-half winner to sink the Clarets at Turf Moor.
Read what the boss had to say in his interviews with MUTV and BBC Sport after the game and also in his post-match press conference...
ALWAYS DIFFICULT AT BURNLEY
“It's never easy. It's always difficult here. If we score a second goal then you are in control but when they are alive, they are alive and they go until the end. They are a brave, physical team with a direct approach and pressing a lot around the box is really difficult to play against. Season after season, they are doing what they are doing. If you don't score you are in trouble, they go direct, they are consistent in their approach it is really difficult. We defended very well, and it is fair to say Mike Dean and his team were very good. There was a lot of first ball, second ball and the physicality.”
LUKAKU'S PART IN MARTIAL'S WINNER
“It was amazing but sometimes people look at strikers and analyse just the number of goals, which is not fair because he [Lukaku] is a team player and today the quality, the vision, the pass to make Martial face the one against one was fantastic.”
MARTIAL HAS LOTS OF ATTRIBUTES
“We know that when we can put him in the one-on-one situation with the full-back [Phil Bardsley], it's difficult for the full-back because he has so many attributes - he can go inside, he can go outside, he can shoot to the far post and he can shoot like he did today to the front post. He has lots of attributes, so it's one more reason to be happy with Romelu because Romelu knew that if we put Anthony into the one-on-one situation, it's difficult for the right-back.”
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FRUSTRATED NOT TO SCORE A SECOND GOAL
“We had chances to kill the game because we knew what was going to happen - that [Sam] Vokes was coming [off the bench], the direct football was becoming more intense and then we had to defend in a very brave way in the minutes of extra-time.”
A TEAM EFFORT
“We look at the team and we can say [Chris] Smalling and [Phil] Jones were giants - yes, they were - but the team was very good. I think [Marouane] Fellaini was fundamental in the final 20 minutes for us so I thank him for that. Sometimes players on the bench can get frustrated and when they come on, it doesn't bring the best out of them but it doesn't happen in my team - the players who come off the bench come to help.”
WE'RE WORKING ON SANCHEZ
“I expect soon or never [to sign Alexis Sanchez]. I think it's so close, so close, so close that if it doesn't happen, it's not going to happen, so I am positive. I know that my people are doing absolutely everything they can - the owners with the green light and Mr [Ed] Woodward working hard. I think everybody is giving everything they can and I think we're going to be successful.”