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Mourinho on a difficult match, but he had ammunition on the bench

Manchester United beat West Ham United in their first ever match against the side in the Premier League at the London Stadium on Monday evening. It was the third time both teams had met this season, drawing 1-1 in the league at Old Trafford and with United winning 4-1 in the EFL Cup, earning a semi-final place against Hull City, in which they face in a weeks time at Old Trafford in trio of matches at home in which they face Reading in the Emirates FA Cup, Hull and then Liverpool in the league. United benefited from Liverpool dropping two points in the league against Sunderland in a 2-2 draw, which sees the Merseyside club just five points ahead of United, having to visit the Theatre of Dreams in just under a fortnight, which could see United go within three points of Jurgen Klopps resurgent side, who are apparently streets ahead of United this season.

Jose Mourinho congratulates everyone for a hard-fought victory over West Ham United at the London Stadium:

“Congratulations to everyone on the pitch because I realise that it’s really hard. I was a bit disappointed with some mistakes, with some bad decisions, but that is typical of fatigue and there are no miracles. And for them with 10 men for a long period is even more difficult. With 11 it’s difficult, with 10 it’s more difficult. For us, it was a question of keeping a clean sheet which we did because David made a very important save from Antonio. And it was a question of moving the ball, try to find spaces and accelerating the game. So we did okay. It was not a phenomenal match but the circumstances are really difficult so again, congratulations to everyone.”

Mourinho on having ammunition on the bench in the form of Marcus Rashford and Juan Mata, a due which combined to put Manchester United ahead:

“It was a difficult match but I had ammunition on the bench. I had Mata and Rashford, who were crucial in both matches when coming off the bench. In these fixtures it is very important to have people on the bench, capable of winning the game. I had a feeling to start Mata and Rashford today, but I think it is better for them to come from the bench when everyone is dying and the decision was proven right.”

Mourinho on his team playing against a tired defence:

“Nordtveit played for 90 minutes against Leicester City and today he played for 60 minutes against Mkhitaryan and Lingard, with lots of running. He was in front of me in the first half and it was a big effort for the boy. Slaven [Bilic] had no more defenders on the bench. He just had attacking players on the bench. So I thought Rashford could make a difference, not through the middle this time but coming from the side.”

Mourinho on the vital contribution of David De Gea in denying West Ham from getting anything from the match:

“It was a crucial save. To be honest, we had a big chance in the first half but they had a good shot, Antonio went face to face with David. It was very important. They also had Carroll on the bench and I know that when they were losing, he was coming for sure. In this moment I felt it was time for a proper centre defender and time to bring Smalling into the game.”

Mourinho on the unexpected result for Liverpool against Sunderland, where the away side played the penalty twice:

“What was the Liverpool result? [Interviewer: “2-2.”] I didn’t know it was 2-2. So we have gained two points on Liverpool. I was thinking about Chelsea and Tottenham [playing on Tuesday], because one of them will lose or both will get the draw. But also Liverpool, so we have gained points on the second-placed team and we play them at Old Trafford. If we play with 75,000 then we can win.”

Juan Mata speaking about Manchester United’s luck against West Ham United and scoring the opening goal, assisted by Marcus Rashford in the 63rd minute of the match:

“It was looking like one of those tough games where you get chances but just cannot score. But thankfully I was able to get on the end of Marcus’s pass and then we added another goal [from Ibrahimovic] so we are happy to get the three points.”

Marcus Rashford on doing exactly what he was told to do by assisting Juan Mata for the opening goal after a superb solo run”

“The manager just told me to stay wide and do my best to isolate the full-back. As soon as I lifted up my head I could see Juan in acres of space on the edge of the box and thankfully he finished it off really well.”

Rashford on Manchester United’s sixth win in a row in the Premier League, seven on the bounce in all competitions and the 13 match unbeaten run:

“It’s very tight at the top. There’s not much space between second and sixth place now. We feel confident and we know we just need to keep going game by game to keep up the pressure on the teams above us.”

Manchester United have a busy time ahead of them this January with them having to play in two domestic cup competitions against Reading (FA Cup) and Hull City (EFL Cup), then face Liverpool at Old Trafford in the league before travelling to the Britannia to face Stoke City in the league, just before travelling to Hull to play the second leg of the semi-final of the EFL Cup, a matter of days before facing the team again at Old Trafford in the league at the start of next month. The is a possibility of another FA Cup match in January, should United get through Reading, which is what they will be expected to do in order to retain their FA Cup trophy this season, which Arsenal had done over the previous two seasons.

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