José Mourinho: 12 matches, 10 wins, 9 clean sheets: we're not bad

Toffees boss Ronald Koeman watches on as he prepares his side for their Europa League clash

Manchester United's dour 1-0 Champions League win over Benfica came against the backdrop of a typical Mourinho pragmatic approach to such matches.

The Serbian joined the Red Devils from Premier League rivals Chelsea past year and has quickly established himself as one of the key midfielders in Mourinho's squad.

"Other managers, they cry, they cry, they cry when some player is injured".

"I knew how good he was and I told the players how good he was", Mourinho said of Svilar after the game.

"But we had stats and information about set pieces, so we needed to make him uncomfortable".

Said Mourinho: "I knew how good the goalkeeper was, I told the players that".

"So at corners we tried to crowd him and put him under pressure, and from free-kicks we knew he risks a lot".


United, though, was indebted to a terrible error by 18-year-old goalkeeper Mile Svilar, who misjudged Rashford's 64th-minute freekick, then caught it after it sailed over his head but carried the ball over the line as he stepped back.

"Manchester United are more than titles", said Bellamy.

"We are one point from qualifying and one victory away from winning the group with two games at home to play".

However, former United midfielders Roy Keane and Paul Scholes, speaking as TV pundits for ITV and BT Sport respectively, have backed Mourinho.

If United are to succeed then they'll certainly need their manager in top form and by the looks of things, they'll be just fine.

Next up, the Red Devils will collide against Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

United have a similar record, winning 10 from 12 with nine clean sheets, but have come in for criticism for a slightly less inspiring brand of football than their cross-town rivals.

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