Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho heaped plaudits on his players following their impressive 3-1 win against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
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A brace from Jesse Lingard and an Antonio Valencia strike helped the Red Devils claim the win which ensure they reduced the gap between them and Premier League leaders Manchester City to five points.
“I think it was a phenomenal game. I loved the way my team played and fought but I have also to say, Arsenal played in some periods, amazing attacking football creating difficulties for us. I have to say my players deserve all the great words, I don’t so many more in English but phenomenal, fantastic…,” Mourinho said after the game.
“The plan was when they have the ball we all have to defend, starting with the attacking players and when we have the ball to counter-attack fast. We had another ball hit the post, we had Lukaku facing Petr Cech and of course they had chances but we fought and had a great goalkeeper too. I think we deserved it.”
The Portuguese also reserved some praises for Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea who was in outstanding form in the game.
“I told [De Gea] after the match, what I saw today was the best goalkeeper in the world. I think our players all the effort was magnificent, the intelligence tactically to play to the game. Later playing with 10 men we had to change again and they were brilliant,” he added.
The Red Devils played the last 16 minutes of the game with 10-men following Paul Pogba’s sending off and Mourinho failed to air his opinion on the issue.
“I don’t know. I leave for you that one. I leave for you the Lukaku situation with Koscielny, I leave for you Arsenal players on the grass because the grass is beautiful. I think there is a desire to go for the grass.
“I have no idea what the grass comment meant. Did someone dive? I can’t remember any examples of diving there.”