A much happier Jose Mourinho greeted the media after Manchester United’s 4-1 Premier League victory over bottom-of-the-table Fulham.
After three successive league matches without a win United put the struggling Londoners to the sword at Old Trafford in a much improved display from the Red Devils.
Mourinho had praised his team after their midweek draw against Arsenal and felt that positivity carried through to the weekend.
Speaking after the match Mourinho said: “The players understood after Arsenal, when with a bad result you can be happy. They wanted to bring that same mentality to the game today. When the players give everything, the feeling is still positive. When you give everything for the club, you are a better team.
“The players understand when we have 11 players sticking together we can be a much better team.
“The players have shown they can be a better team than they are. When there is solidarity in the team, everyone giving their maximum, you attract more positive things.”
Record signing Paul Pogba was an unused substitute in the win over Fulham but Mourinho insisted the midfielder was still in his plans and would play in the Champions League in midweek.
Mourinho still directed a jab at the Frenchman though adding:
“He has to play with the same mentality as the rest of the team is. Paul can be a fantastic player, he is going to start against Valencia and he will have a fantastic game to play to show everyone how good he is.”
The Portuguese coach was thrilled with the efforts of his attacking midfielders, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard as well as his skipper Ashley Young who filled in at left back.
“Matic and Herrera have a really strong mentality, they play football at the top of their level.”
Mourinho was also especially delighted with the play of 19-year-old Portuguese defensive prospect Diogo Dalot.
“It was a pity that he had that injury in Porto in May. I think other clubs wouldn’t sign him after knee injury. We did it because we didn’t want to lose him. He has a lot to learn at 19, but he’s already got a good body, goes forward and crosses well.”
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Originally Authored By: James Richardson