Jose Mourinho has given his thoughts on Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League, labelling the victory as very deserved.
Man United dictated proceedings from the first whistle, expertly holding on to possession with probing intent, before taking a deserved lead through Paul Pogba on the stroke of half time.
Alan Pardew’s men rallied after the break and dug out an equaliser through James McArthur in the 66th minute, only for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to secure the three points for Mourinho’s men with a wonderfully taken late goal.
The 53-year-old, speaking after the game, was full of praise for the way his side responded following Palace’s equaliser.
“It was very difficult but very deserved,” he said.
“In the first half we were in control. In the second half they had a little reaction and got the bonus of the goal and then we went into our best period of the game.
“For 20 minutes we were almost unstoppable. Their goalkeeper made a magnificent save from Rooney’s shot, we had Mata’s goal, a penalty (appeal) and our goal. It was an amazing reaction and I am really pleased for the players.”
Palace, it has to be said, equalised out of nowhere, and as Selhurst Park erupted you couldn’t help thinking: “Ah, we’ve been here before, haven’t we?” Plenty of chances forged, manifest domination, but no win to show for it. This was supposed to be the part where United, after impressing for so long, suddenly retreated into their shell, stunned by the surprise equaliser.
But Mourinho’s men had other ideas. Palace fans had hardly stopped their post-goal singing when Juan Mata tapped in to score a goal wrongly chalked out for offside. Painful, yes, but the visitors had a taste for blood. Indeed, the onslaught continued, with Jesse Lingard and Wayne Rooney both going agonisingly close.
Eventually, after 20 minutes of furiously bashing on the door, they got their reward: a sublime Pogba pass, a calm Zlatan finish, three important points, and genuine signs of Mourinho’s men starting to click into gear this season.