Happy again. I think it’s a game where we don’t need to suffer as much as we did in the last minutes. We had the game under control even with the 2-1 we had more chances to score the third goal than they had to score the second goal, but no, the last ball of the game is a corner and anything can happen and you can lose two points that you don’t deserve to lose, but I think we played well.
Jose Mourinho was delighted with the performance of his Manchester United side after the 2-1 win over Everton at Old Trafford.
Speaking to Sky Sports, MUTV and at the post-match press conference, the manager discussed a number of issues, including the fact the Reds survived over six minutes of stoppage time, the midfield and Anthony Martial’s dazzling display…
In some periods we played very well and then when we had to suffer, to fight, to give everything to keep the three points the players were able to do it.
What Jose have to say about the referee and Pogba
To speak about the penalty is also to speak about the ref. I think he did very well, not just on the penalties but also in the game. I think [Jon] Moss was very good, very solid, very consistent and the two penalty actions were also consistent with his decisions and he’s also consistent by not giving the second yellow card with a little change of the rules to [Idrissa] Gueye and Chris Smalling, so I think Moss was really, really good.
“Paul is a better penalty taker than myself and he has the the courage to take. For example, today, [Luka] Milivojević [for Crystal Palace]. He missed one last week [against Everton] and today he takes another one [and scores against Arsenal] so I always admire the players that have the courage to go. I don’t like the players that refuse to take penalties. Pogba wants to take and I’m happy with that. Maybe he has to change his approach, but I don’t want to change his mental approach in the sense of ‘important penalty, he goes there.
What he thinks of Martial and Shaw
I think he has the same natural talent that he had one year ago, two years ago, but he’s improving his way of thinking football, training and his role in the team, so I’m really, really happy with him, with Luke Shaw, with boys that are improving and difficult periods for them, difficult periods for myself, because I want more from them and I took them to the limit. But in this moment, I think both of them and, in today’s case Anthony, he was able to do things that he wasn’t able to do before, so really, really happy with Anthony.
Is these the best performance of the season?
I thought we played very well against Chelsea, especially in the second half. The second half against Newcastle was also special. The first half against Spurs was phenomenal. We had some nice games in some nice periods. I think this was not complete because the result was in doubt until the last second, but that is a consequence of a goal that we concede and a consequence of some big chances that we miss, but I agree with you, the performance was solid. In some periods in the second half, it was not just solid, it was more than that, I think beautiful, great actions, create possession, not the possession just to have the ball but to create possession. I think the performance was very good. We don’t need the last corner, where a bit of tragedy almost like what happened at Stamford Bridge.
Is these the United everyone wants to see?
In terms of the philosophy and the mentality, yes. But I would like a better Manchester United.
What was the impossible Manchester United is facing right now?
Fred played well. I think they were good. [Nemanja] Matic, Fred and [Paul] Pogba were good. I think in other matches, even when he [Fred] didn’t play, I think the team was was controlling well. Even against Chelsea, when we played with two midfield players, we were in great control and great creation so I think we are playing okay. We are not as solid, as rock solid as I would like. We don’t have the killer instinct that I would like. Some teams with three chances score three goals and some teams without the ball, they can resist and keep clean sheets all the time. For us, it is always an impossible mission to keep a clean sheet even with the phenomenal goalkeeper we have and to score goals is really difficult for us. You can see that in this moment.
Do you think the match is going to be easy?
Difficult moments, you’re always going to have. You see Everton. Everton is not on paper, and I don’t think they feel themselves, a candidate to the top four, but look to the potential and you don’t see many differences and they are a team capable to come here and to fight for a result the way they did, so every match is difficult.