Mourinho blames internationals for 'tired' second half

Luke Shaw

Luke Shaw

The goal came after only four minutes and that set the tone for the rest of the first-half as United dominated.

Mourinho has been criticized all season long for not allowing his attacking players to truly thrive.

Lukaku gave United an early lead when he collected Alexis Sanchez's pass to fire in with the aid of a deflection.

Mourinho admits that things could not have gone much better for the Red Devils, with only a slight dip in the second half of a contest they won comfortably letting them down.

"They (Swansea) didn't cross the halfway line, they didn't have one shot". Then the Red Army bombed forward with some intricate passing and clever movement to throw Swansea off balance.

Manchester United eased past a Swansea side that was tacked down by a sense of laxity for the greater part of the game thanks to goals from Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez. I'm a team player so I put the team ahead of myself. Lingard, who had been at the centre of all the chances, once again played a good ball for Sanchez to finish well from inside the D.

He said he was "not happy with the score" but is optimistic after his side's second half display.

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The goal was Lukaku's 100th in the Premier League, he therefore became the quickest foreign player to achieve this feat.

Lukaku almost doubled his lead late on but a great save from Lukasz Fabianski kept United out. The team are comfortable in second for one and are set for a highest points total since Alex Ferguson stepped down almost five years ago, but Manchester City are so far ahead that a "good position" is not close to being on pole. "The first half we played very well: we kept Swansea back, we scored, we played attractive".

"The first half was ideal". "Maybe one more goal and game over".

"The second half was different. We are having a positive season and we still have the FA Cup to come".

Last season, de Gea managed 15 clean sheets, his previous joint best alongside the 2015/16 season. "The manager told us we all have to fight for our place in the team".

This post was syndicated from The Guardian Nigeria Newspaper - Nigeria and World News.

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