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Jose Mourinho happy with the first half against Swansea City but Manchester United need to perform for 90 minutes…

Manchester United beat Swansea City at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, scoring two first-half goals with Romelu Lukaku scoring his 100th Premier League goal in the fifth minute of the match and Alexis Sanchez doubling the lead in the 20th minute of the match. United started the match in fine form, attacking constantly, despite the Welsh side breaking themselves. United scoring in the first five minutes showed that it could have been a long day for Carlos Carvalhal’s relegation-threatened side.

Jose Mourinho was happy with his sides first half performance, which could have resulted in more goals scored by United. One thing that rings true is that United seemed to tire into the second half, a half which showed Swansea City as the better team, despite them failing to score a single goal, having the chances to thwart United’s celebrations. United played attacking football on Saturday, you cannot suggest they didn’t but the second half showed that there was still a lot of improvement to be made with the team.

Mourinho, speaking in his post-match press conference after the 2-0 victory over Swansea, reported by the official Manchester United website, said:

“[The first half] was one of the best halves we have played at Old Trafford this season. 2-0 was very short, not just in terms of our chances to score, but in terms of our quality and the beauty of our football.

“The second half was different, we gave them the chance they didn’t have in the first half. We gave them the ball to try and create something, we went a little bit down, maybe six of our players had international football that can tire and ache.

“They probably let the game and the intensity go down and felt the game was under control.”

For much of this season, despite United showing a massive improvement post-Sir Alex Ferguson, supporters have called for attacking football to be played predominantly, some suggesting that Ferguson was a manager who provided this in each and every one of the 1,500 matches he took charge of in nearly 27 years as the manager of the club. Those fans seem to change history to suit their argument. Whilst there is some improvement still to be made, playing attacking football in each and every game will cause its own problems – mainly down to predictability.

Since Mourinho took over the reigns at the Old Trafford club, he has taken charge of 111 matches, including the victory over Swansea. This is the highest number of matches a manager has taken charge of post-Ferguson. Mourinho has won 69 of these matches, drawing 24 and losing just 18. That is a 62.16% win ratio, drawing 21.62% and losing 16.22% of matches – being undefeated in 83.78% of matches played.

Under the guidance of Mourinho, United have scored 196 goals (1.77 per match), conceding 79 (0.71 per match). People are quick to moan about a lack of improvement – these so-called supporters are likely the ones who look at a result rather than actually watching the match, depicting that no improvement has been made because their expectations from that game were much higher. It seems some supporters are still spoilt by the success which made many support the club, expecting that success each and every season.

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