Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
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Jose Mourinho makes honest admission about Juan Mata at Man United

Jose Mourinho makes honest admission about Juan Mata at Man United

It was a dominant first period by the hosts, with Liverpool unable to claw their way back into the tie, despite an Eric Bailly own-goal on 66minutes.

Rashford was deadly at Old Trafford, grabbing both his goals within the first twenty minutes of action to set United up for smooth sailing for the rest of the match. "I can imagine if we lose against Sevilla on Tuesday, everyone will forget what we did in the past couple of weeks". That performance shows that the difference between the two sides is not too great but recent form, the location of the match and the sheer difference in stature between the two clubs makes Manchester United marginal favourites to win this match. "Lukaku was confident from experience that he could be dominant towards Lovren".

"But last midweek Mourinho would have taken advantage of that draw Spurs got in Turin and the one-goal advantage at Wembley to see his side through to in the Champions League".

"He scored two goals in a big match against a top-class opponent", Mourinho said.

He said: "Of course, he was fundamental". The first chance he had, he got it and scored.

"The last few months it was not happening for him and he was feeling it a bit in terms of confidence". It was because he was impressing a lot in training and, sometimes, that's the point.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp claimed the key moment was referee Craig Pawson's failure to award a penalty for United midfielder Marouane Fellaini's tackle on Sadio Mane in the final 10 minutes.

"Mourinho is not like that, he wants to get results".

"Things this manager wants are becoming more clear to me".

I wouldn't go so far as saying it was a ideal performance.

But when played by a top team with a quality striker like Lukaku, capable of directing a header into the path of a team mate or bringing it down and driving forward, the approach can be highly effective. "That was the bad one".

And yet there remains a sense of disquiet, expressed by that old Anfield general, Graeme Souness, who needed counselling at full time, not quite believing how United hung on in the face of Liverpool's relentless second-half domination of the ball and high pressing.

"Probably you are not expecting my answer - I'm happy with the decision", he said.

"We were worth the win", United manager Jose Mourinho said. That means nothing in football now, we have to prove [ourselves] every day.

That might have been the signal for United to give us something we have yet to see under Mourinho.

"It was the best piece of football in the entire game; a little one-two and then completely free in the box".

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