Mourinho brash as Man Utd secure last 16 place

Deanna Kelley
November 29, 2018

But Jose Mourinho, speaking soon after De Gea had saved his team from humiliation against Young Boys, revealed that he knew the goalkeeper wanted to stay at United.

Marouane Fellaini's 91st-minute victor saw United book their place in the last-16 with a game to spare at the end of the frustrating night at Old Trafford.

The United manager kicked a water bottle carrier and threw another into the ground in celebration at a goal that means they head to Valencia next month with progress assured after the Spaniards lost at Juventus on Tuesday.

This may work a lot of the time, but it's not the sort of thing that Manchester United fans will want to see very often and it only highlights just how much this team is struggling under Jose Mourinho at the moment. It was nearly like he was angry about winning.

That was the outcome of their 1-0 victory over Young Boys at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

"Without David [de Gea's] save, no winning goal", said Mourinho, in reference to his goalkeeper's goal line stop from Ulisses Garcia.

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

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"So, when we score, I had the reaction of an explosion and I believe that many people at home, they react in many different ways but for sure, we had an explosion of relief because we didn't play for a zero-zero, not at all".

But Mourinho defended his record in Europe, saying: 'I play Champions League 14 years, and I qualify 14 times.

Mourinho refused to address the criticism after the game but match-winner Fellaini admitted that after five wins from their last 13 games they have to take it on the chin.

"Never one of my teams stays behind the group phase".

De Gea (below) has won only four major trophies since signing from Atletico Madrid for £18.9m in 2011, joining a club that had reached the Champions League final three times in four years. "I try to pay him back on the pitch", he said.

We haven't done that enough this season.

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