Manchester United secured their place in the Champions League knock out stages with a last gasp 1-0 win over Swiss side Young Boys at Old Trafford tonight.
In all honesty this was yet another terrible home performance from Jose Mourinho’s side and they only avoided the embarrassment of a goalless draw against one of the weakest sides in the UCL, when much maligned midfielder Marouane Fellaini finished off a Luke Shaw cross in the 91st minute.
As so often is the case, however, most of the talk after the game surrounded Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, with the Portuguese coaches reaction to a missed chance by Marcus Rashord and his exuberant celebration after Fellaini’s late winner dominating the headlines.
Speaking after the game Mourinho admitted he was happy to secure qualification with a game left to play in Group H and also hit out at his critics by reminding them of his record in the Champions League.
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“It is a very difficult group and to qualify with a game to spare is good. The performance had a lot of good things and a lot of disappointing things too.’’ Mourinho told BT Sport.
“We lost too many chances, crucial ones in crucial moments. This is the kind of game if you score in the first minute you normally go for a different performance. You could pay with a draw and with a defeat too. David de Gea only had one save but it looks a phenomenal save, a save that best goalkeeper in the world does and gives his team the possibility to win the match.
“We had more than one chance, we had a lot of half chances. It is not about blaming one player who missed a chance at the beginning of the game.
“Goals win games. I am happy with Marcus Rashford’s intensity, the way we started and the intention we showed but then it is not easy to cope with the frustration and result that does not suit us.
“The most important thing is to qualify and for some of my lovers, and those that like stats, I am 14 seasons in the Champions League and 14 times my teams have qualified through to the group stages. The season I was not in the Champions League, I won the Europa League.”