Jose Mourinho was full of praise for his side following their win over Liverpool, and after a brilliant first half and doing just enough through the second period and six minutes of added time, his side picked up all three points.
He was clearly happy with the whole team, but spoke about four players in his presser – Marcus Rashford, who scored both goals and was brilliant, Eric Bailly who defended like a lion and then scored an amazing but calamitous own goal to let Liverpool back in the game, Romelu Lukaku who bullied the Liverpool defence all game to create space for Rashford and the returning Marouane Fellaini, who has long been a Mourinho favourite.
The United boss made it clear he was impressed with those four for differing reasons, and fans will probably also think Ashley Young deserves a mention after keeping Mo Salah quiet for the duration of the game.
Mourinho spoke with the press and said: “He [Rashford] scored two goals in a big match against a top class team.
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“So of course he was fundamental and the good thing was the first chance he had he got it, he scored, because I think the last few months that was not happening with him and he was feeling that a little bit in terms of self-confidence.
“But today, big game, probably unexpected, we trusted him, we felt the game could be adapted to his qualities.
“He’s improving a lot in training and sometimes that’s the point, media, fans, in relation to options, you are not at the training ground, you don’t see what is going on.
“You don’t see how well or bad players are training, the self-confidence, the mood, the feeling and the feeling with him was that he was really improving a lot in the past few weeks.
“Every press conference you come with Lukaku and I say the same,
“I don’t care about the goals, his performance was fantastic and he didn’t score. That’s fundamental and in the last part of the game with a few corners in extra time Lukaku was there and dominant.
“I want to praise obviously every player but I go to Marouane, because knee surgery returned before time, he did a fantastic work to recover outside the club with people of his trust, he arrived to train a couple of days ago and made himself available to play. Before the game I asked him how many minutes do you have for me? He told me the minutes he wanted.
“I don’t know but fantastic performance, amazing goal. And great spirit to cope with the goal and the injury, so that’s the Eric we love.”
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