Mourinho: The Red family are happy for New Year’s Eve


Manchester United beat Middlesbrough 2-1 at Old Trafford on New Year’s Eve in a match which saw a disallowed goal through Zlatan Ibrahimovic, which was wrongly disallowed. Boro took the lead in the 67th minute of the match, which put United in a difficult situation in having to draw level then go for the match, which was exactly what they did. United levelled through Anthony Martial in the 85th minute of the match with Paul Pogba putting United ahead with a sublime header. United were now twelve matches unbeaten, also winning their last five matches in the Premier League, keeping a chase on the race for the top four this season. 2016 has ended well for United, with 2017 commencing in less than 48 hours with United travelling to the London Stadium to face West Ham United for the third time this season.

Jose Mourinho on the Fergie style victory over Middlesbrough:

“He deserves to come here and for people to remember the game not just for his 75th birthday but also for the kind of football we played and the fact that we managed to bring the fans to the pitch. In the last 20 minutes, the fans were on the pitch – they were not in the stands. And this is a credit to the players, who showed amazing character to go and go and go and go. This time we were successful and it’s three more points.”

Mourinho on his late team reshuffle:

“I put Mkhitaryan at left-back when we scored the second goal because at 1-0 it was Negredo and Traore against Bailly and Rojo – two against two. Valencia was the winger, we had no left-back and we went for everything. Then when we scored the second goal, obviously, we started to close. I thought Micki was really fresh and could do a better job at left-back than other players, and I wanted to keep Herrera and Pogba in the middle, and we managed to keep the 2-1.”

Mourinho “if you drive, drink water”:

“The Red family are happy for New Year’s Eve. I hope they enjoy the night – family, health and happiness are more important than football. But clubs are a part of people’s lives and can create even more happiness in families, so I’m sure they will enjoy tonight after this result. And, as I wrote in my programme notes, if you drive, drink water!”

Mourinho on having to play West Ham United in 48 hours:

“It’s a challenge for everybody but Chelsea, as they play only on the 4th; Tottenham play tomorrow [Sunday] and then on the 4th. For us and West Ham it’s the same – difficult. Middlesbrough play at 12 o’clock, so less than 48 hours. It’s very hard, especially when you see the intensity of this game; you can imagine that people need to rest, but there is no time to rest, so let’s go to London and enjoy the game against West Ham and try to get the points.”

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