Mourinho hails team confidence



Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has hailed his side’s dominant display following Sunday’s 4-0 thrashing of West Ham United at Old Trafford.

A brace by Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku on his Premier League debut for the Red Devils and a goal apiece from Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba in the second half, sealed the comfortable victory for Mourinho’ side.
United boss Mourinho said after the game that the confidence level of his players was pivotal to the win over the Hammers.

When asked if he was pleased by his side’s performance, the Portuguese tactician responded: “I am but I remember every second of the game. I don’t forget the ball hitting the bar at 2-0 and Diafra Sakho coming onto the pitch. In spite of speaking about Sakho at half-time, he was free and almost scored. If the score was 2-1, the last 20 minutes, instead of enjoying trying to score more goals, it would have been about not conceding the equaliser, for not losing two points. Yes, we did very good things but the thing I’m more pleased about is the confidence levels in the team and individually. The confidence to play good football.”

“First of all, they [Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic] are obviously top players. Secondly, they’ve played for years and years in the Premier League so it’s nothing new for them – only the club and the colleagues, not even the manager as they worked with me before. I think they showed that stability really that Victor Lindelof, for example, doesn’t have now as he’s just arrived from a completely different environment.”

“I want to win matches and, obviously, the best way to win matches is to score more goals. Pre-match, I was asked about being more offensive than last season but we were offensive last season. It’s about scoring goals. We had similar performances last season with less quality and not the same confidence levels but we had very attacking performances, where we couldn’t score the goals to win.”

United face Swansea on Saturday in their second game of the 2017/18 campaign.


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