Jose Mourinho has expressed his delight following Manchester United’s 4-0 win over West Ham United on Sunday, hailing his side for what was a ‘confident’ performance.
The hosts dominated early on and eventually broke the deadlock when Romelu Lukaku latched on to a perfect Marcus Rashford through ball to claim his first Premier League goal in a red shirt.
He added a second soon after half time with a wonderfully guided header before Anthony Martial netted a third and set up Paul Pogba on the stroke of 90 minutes to send Mourinho’s men top of the table.
And Mourinho, speaking after the game, was pleased with the way his side dictated proceedings throughout.
“The game was difficult, it was open at 2-0 and they had a chance to score,” he said.
“It was not a 4-0 game. When you relax, you play with confidence. We did not start especially well, we looked nervous but then we put in a quality performance.
“A word that I like is confidence, they played with confidence and played football. It was a very positive performance.”
The contrast with last season couldn’t be clearer. How often would United make a start like that, only to lose their concentration briefly and see all their good work undone, leaving Old Trafford to watch on in agony as they tried to salvage a lead during Mourinho’s opening campaign.
But there were no vestiges of doubt here. With Nemanja Matic controlling proceedings at the base of midfield the likes of Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba ran riot, creating chance after chance as the home crowd purred at the sheer verve of their side’s performance.
Those last ten minutes were glorious. Against West Ham last season United were scrambling for a winner; this time around, however, they had the cigars out, and it was wonderful to see.