The Red Devils beat the reigning Premier League Champions on their own turf, and the Portuguese manager was more than satisfied with the way his men played.
He gave his verdict over the team’s performance in the post-match press conference, by stating: “I think we played like we normally play. We played well, we tried to win. Obviously, the opponent is difficult but that’s something we are used to.
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“We didn’t have the best start – in the first 15 or 20 minutes. But then we started to have control, we moved the ball around, we created chances, we scored goals. That’s the only difference – that we arrived at half-time with a 2-0 result. Then we controlled the game and it was quite easy.”
Jose also heaped praises on goalscorers Mkhitaryan and Ibrahimovic, by claiming: “There were many good performances. The global performance was very good and there were many good individual performances; obviously Micki with the goal and assist and some amazing actions come into the eye, but I could name many players with very good individual performances.”
Regarding Zlatan, he added: “Normally when strikers score goals we say ’22 goals – 14 goals and eight penalties’, or ’21 goals – 14 goals and seven penalties’. With Zlatan we need to remind ourselves it’s 20 goals – 19 and one penalty.”
This visit was a much pleasant one for Mourinho as compared to the last time he visited the King Power Stadium with his struggling Chelsea side. The Blues faced the eventual English Champions in a feisty clash back on December 14, 2015, and ended up losing 2-1, which led to the Special One’s sacking the next day.
And now, after having returned to the same stadium, and the same chair for the post-match conference, the 53-year-old couldn’t help but to make a joke about it:
'The last time I sat in this chair, I was sacked!'
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) February 5, 2017