Jose Mourinho has reacted to Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Leicester City, expressing his happiness after his side extended their unbeaten run in the Premier League to 15 games.
Man United initially struggled to impose themselves but quickly grew into the encounter after switching from a 4-4-2 approach to a 4-2-3-1 system, taking the lead in the 42nd minute through a truly sumptuous Henrikh Mkhitaryan goal.
And the 54-year-old, speaking after the game, was clearly pleased with how his side recovered from Wednesday’s dismal 0-0 draw with Hull City.
“I think we played like we normally play. We played well and tried to win,” he said. “They were a difficult team but that is something we are used to.
“I don’t look to others [around them in the table]. If we had beat Hull and drawn with Leicester, they are still positive points. We drew with Hull and beat Leicester.
“We are still in the same position but we are closer to the others so we keep fighting.
“I am happy. We don’t have a league defeat since October and if we tried to transform the unlucky draws to victories, we would be in an amazing position.”
United, on several occasions, have produced better performances than what supporters saw against Leicester, only to somehow come out with a draw. Mourinho was right when he noted that, actually, this was a relatively standard performance from his side.
The crucial difference this time was that United took their chances in front of goal. Mata missed two clear-cut chances during draws against Stoke City and Hull, but when presented with a chance today he duly stepped up and scored – a small but ultimately crucial difference that will, one suspects, dictate where Mourinho’s men end up in May.