Jose Mourinho was frustrated by his side’s defensive mistakes against Crystal Palace in a late 3-2 win.
Though he was delighted by his player’s ability to grab three points away at Selhurst Park having been two goals down, he lamented the early defensive errors from Manchester United.
The Reds were woeful in the first half against a spirited Palace side set up well by manager Roy Hodgson. Man United offered nothing in attack and allowed Palace’s players far too much on the ball, while the opposite could be said in the reciprocate situation.
“It was a fantastic match,” Mourinho said. “It was a difficult match for me because my team made so many mistakes.
“We played very good quality football in the second half but we made so many defensive mistakes.”
Mourinho was quick to praise his opposition manager and Palace’s players, with the home side suffering from a sort of injury crisis but playing fantastically in the first half and for parts of the second.
“You always need that little bit of luck to win a match in the last few minutes,” Mourinho continued. “Sometimes the winner is the one who deserves the congratulations but I think Roy Hodgson did everything right.
“I think Palace deserve congratulations, because a match like this is only possible with two teams. I would say it was with three teams because the referee wanted to keep the intensity of the game going.
“I don’t like my teams to lose their organisation like we did, but it was an amazing match and a very important win for us.”
Mourinho picked out the second goal that United conceded, early in the second half, as the worst piece of defending all game. Patrick van Aanholt netted past David de Gea at the Spaniard’s near post after Palace took a quick free-kick.
The Portuguese boss described it as “disgraceful” and “childish”.