Jose Mourinho has described Manchester United’s 2-1 Premier League win against Chelsea as special as it strengthens their top-four place.
United came from a goal down to beat top-four rivals Chelsea 2-1 in Sunday’s Premier League clash at Old Trafford.
Willian opened the scoring for Chelsea but Romelu Lukaku equalised for United.
And in the second half, substitute, Jesse Lingard scored the winner off Lukaku’s assist.
The win took United back to second, while Chelsea are now fifth in the league table.
“It is not special because it is Chelsea, it is very special as we beat the champions, who are a fantastic team, who are very difficult to beat and because this is the three points that keep us in second place which is the place we are fighting for,” Mourinho said during his post-match press conference.
“It opens a little gap, not much to Chelsea, and it is a very important result for us. It feels special as the players gave everything. It is not possible to win against a team with the quality of Chelsea without the quality we gave.
“We did not start well, Chelsea started much better, but we found our position on the pitch and found our concentration and we grew up throughout the game.”
Mourinho posited that despite going behind, United were in control of the game.
“We beat a fantastic team, for some reason they were the champions last season, and for some reason they played well against Barcelona, and for some reason they started the game very well,” Mourinho addedp.
“So, we beat a very good team, we had to be organised, everybody had to follow the game plan and have spirit. We beat a very good team.
“They started very well and when they hit the post, I was looking at my players, what can we do, who can I blame, but it was such a lovely move, we couldn’t stop it.
“But we found a way to play against them, and we had a good control of Eden Hazard. Willian is an amazing player and he killed us with the goal. But we had more control of the game than them, without creating lots of chances.”
Mourinho went on to shower plaudits on young midfielder Scott McTominay for his performance for United.
“He ( McTominay ) is a fantastic player, a player that is a modern midfield player, he can do everything. The only thing he’s not doing yet is scoring goals, which he can, the only reason he isn’t is because of the job I am giving him. I think in the future he can, we saw that in pre-season, but I am very happy with him today.
“I don’t like to individualise, Nemanja Matic also played very well in midfield, and the defenders too, and Alexis Sanchez made a huge effort too. In the second half we were more confident, I think if anyone deserved the win, it was us.”