Mourinho Explains Wild Celebration Of Late Manchester United Winner

Mourinho Explains Wild Celebration Of Late Manchester United Winner

Mourinho Explains Wild Celebration Of Late Manchester United Winner

Asked why he had acted the way he did when his side had just clinched victory against Young Boys - and qualified for the round of 16 - Mourinho said: "Relief".

"Most important thing is to qualify for Champions League, 14 times, never have one of my teams stayed behind", Mourinho said after the match.

United will, above all, need to guarantee to De Gea - who could play at any club in the world - that there exists an adequate ambition among the higher levels at United to properly invest in this squad over the next few transfer windows.

"If I saw my manager react like that, I would be absolutely livid", Gary Lineker said on BT Sport after Mourinho failed to disguise his irritation in the fifth minute last night.

Fellaini blazed over after some poor goalkeeping from David Von Ballmoos early in the second half, but United were otherwise looking toothless in the final third, as they surpassed their club record of 231 minutes without a goal at home in the competition, set back in 1996-97.

"They had moments of good football, hypothetical attractive goals, but then also moments of pressure, a lack of confidence that frustrated us".

Victor Lindelof right limps off after United's draw with Crystal Palace
Victor Lindelof right limps off after United’s draw with Crystal Palace

The pair came on in the second half but United still needed Fellaini to pop up with a late victor.

"That's exactly what I want and probably you or the fans, they think "oh, Jose told them to start slow", "Jose told them to play nice and easy and wait to see what happens" or "to be losing for then to react".

"But it is still very hard to score".

And the two years where I didn't play Champions League, I won the Europa League twice, so in 16 years, 14 times I qualify and twice I play Europa League and I won.

Mourinho dropped Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku to the bench against Young Boys while Alexis Sanchez was left out completely despite being fully fit. In front of him, Rashford was frustrated to miss several chances. Tepid, because the outgoing players scarcely deserved more and there wasn't enough faith that the incoming players could make much of a difference, despite costing £164 million (Dh768m) between them. He knows that the win takes the heat off United and him, but not much. Without that save there's no winning goal.

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