Published: Thu, November 29, 2018
Culture | By Jeremy Gray

Mourinho brash as Man Utd secure last 16 place

Mourinho brash as Man Utd secure last 16 place

The defender said "heads dipped" after a host of missed chances against Young Boys before Marouane Fellaini snatched a late victor to send United into the round of 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday.

Key stat: United had gone 275 minutes without a goal at Old Trafford in the Champions League before Fellaini's goal, a club record.

But for much of the game, it didn't look like that victor was going to come for the Red Devils and, as we so often see, United finished the match by pumping balls up towards Fellaini as they desperately searched for a goal.

However, former Manchester United midfielder Scholes was less than impressed by the reaction of the Red Devils boss on the sidelines on Tuesday night. "I won the Champions League". "If it touched my hand, it was not on objective".

"One of them, yeah", he said, when asked if he was Mourinho's favourite player. Despite going 11 games without a goal, the Belgian still managed to play a crucial part in United's progression to the next round, clearly demonstrating why Mourinho rates him so highly.

"It means that they give everything, and they did that, with moments of very good football, moments of quality, moments of hypothetical handsome goals and then also with moments of pressure, moments of lack of confidence, that frustrate us".

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"I think if they play against a half-decent team there they get beat tonight".

"He is the best goalkeeper in the world".

"Realistically, to be in the last 16 in this group is an achievement, not a big one, not a fantastic one, but is an achievement".

We could see Fred far more involved in the United first-team over the Christmas period. "But in the end we've qualified from a very hard group".

But Lindelof's resurgence after a slow start to life at United has been derailed by a muscle issue, meaning Mourinho's remaining centre-back options are Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly and Phil Jones.

Mourinho has pointed to his accomplishments a few times lately. "The players are happy but the most important thing now is to focus on Saturday and three points".

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