Jose Mourinho has given his thoughts following Manchester United’s 4-0 win over Everton in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
The hosts raced into an early lead after Antonio Valencia launched a sensational rip-snorter past Jordan Pickford from distance, but couldn’t double their advantage before half time.
And they struggled to match Everton’s speed following the break, only to then romp home late on with goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial in the final ten minutes to take them joint top with Manchester City after five games.
Speaking after the game, Mourinho remarked that the opening third of the game witnessed some of the best football United have played so far this season.
“We started really well and in the first 30 minutes were really impressive where we were playing probably our best football since the beginning of the season,” he said.
“Everton had a reaction in the second half, we lost a little bit of control. We recovered that.
“We brought some consistency to the game and then I felt we could go with the counter, with Martial for the last minutes for a result that was too much, too heavy for them, they don’t deserve to go with this result.”
United were largely unimpressive against Everton and deserved to concede in the second half, yet they still romped home to their third 4-0 win of the season. And that in itself tells you plenty about what sort of side Mourinho is constructing at Old Trafford.
They lacked their usual flair with Paul Pogba absent, Henrikh Mkhitaryan struggling for touches and Marcus Rashford failing to penetrative, but they stuck at it, kept the visitors at bay, and eventually pushed the knife in as Everton started to tire late on.
This was a performance hallmarked by a raw sense of doggedness, patience and, crucially, a propensity for smelling blood and taking full advantage.