Manchester United routed Crystal Palace with a convincing 4-0 victory leaving players, fans and manager all delighted as the pressure fell on Manchester City to deliver vs Chelsea.
Jose Mourinho was clearly happy with the performance but put in the usual ‘call to focus’ comment to keep everyone involved with the club level-headed.
4-0 results are quickly becoming a regular sight at Old Trafford and the manager understandably feels the need to keep his team in check to ensure the three points keep on coming.
Not only are the first XI performing well but the team’s so called benchwarmers are matching the former’s desire to play, giving Jose a real selection headache.
Five changes were made to the side that beat CSKA Moscow with relative ease but the result was even better as the players on the pitch managed to keep a clean sheet this time around.
Here’s what Mourinho had to say to MUTV:
“I am happy but I would change this 4-0 for four victories 1-0 but that’s not possible. We were solid and we were strong from the beginning we had control there were some little mistakes, typical from some tired players and playing against a team lacking confidence.”
“We try to change some players and then I think the five made the difference, Valencia, Jones, Fellaini, Mata, Rashford were at a different stage to Lukaku and Mkhitaryan which is normal but the combination worked well and players coming on from the bench also helped and we got the deserve the victory we need.”
The rotation of players clearly worked and it was Marcus Rashford, in particular, who seemed to benefit the most from the rest.
The young striker was in top gear the whole time he was on the field, helping United open the scoring with a superb piece of skill and a cross to match as Juan Mata happily converted.
Marouane Fellaini‘s perfomance had fans chanting his name for the majority of the match and that’s a credit to the player himself as he made things comfortable for the Red Devils with a brace.
If Jose Mourinho and Manchester United wish to fight for multiple trophies this season then they’ll certainly need to stay fresh and it’s up to the manager to ensure they continue to do so.