Manchester United had to break down a Berlin Wall to beat Huddersfield Town, says Mourinho

by Harry Robinson

Jose Mourinho claimed that Manchester United has to break down a ‘Berlin Wall’ of Huddersfield Town’s defence to beat the Terriers on Saturday.

Goals from Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez in the second half gave Man United a comfortable victory in the end against opposition who beat them 2-1 earlier in the season in the opposite fixture.

But United went into half-time having been held and drawing 0-0, leaving fears it could be another one of those days. Mourinho’s side put in a woeful performance against Tottenham Hotspur in midweek in a 2-0 defeat at Wembley, and a number of players were dropped on Saturday.

“We always had control of the game, but at halftime it was 0-0.” Mourinho said.

“I guess we had around 85% possession in the first half but it was not enough. We kept doing the same in the second and even at 1-0 we were totally in control. Our defensive line as far from the danger areas.”

Huddersfield’s defence proved fairly resolute throughout and it took until just before the hour mark for Lukaku to breach it and score his 19th goal of the season

“We had to be patient but had to keep the intensity high and the pressure. We had to break down the Berlin wall organised so well by David Wagner,” Mourinho said.

After an embarrassing defeat at Huddersfield in October, Mourinho will have been delighted to see off Wagner’s side with some ease this time, and needed a win to bounce back from the Spurs defeat.

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