Manchester United bossing their Champions League group
Jose Mourinho’s men took a massive step to securing their place in the knock-out stages of the Champions League on Wednesday with a comfortable 4-1 win over CSKA Moscow in Russia. It leaves them on six points from a possible six, with Basel and CSKA three points behind. With perhaps their toughest trip (to Russia) out of the way, United know that their next two games against Benfica in England and Portugal are likely to all but secure them their place in the next round. This week has been a very good one for United so far.
Mourinho lauds Lukaku’s form
Romelu Lukaku scored two goals on Tuesday in United’s dismantling of CSKA as the Belgian helped to once again show that Mourinho’s side can now score the goals to back up their intelligent play. Of the striker, Mourinho said: “They are amazing numbers for Romelu. He is humble and wants to learn and improve all the time. I think ambition is there and I trust he can keep performing for us”.
United’s win was a team effort
United’s win was a testament to the team spirit that has always been evident, only now Mourinho has been able to add the relevant quality in key areas to turn his side into a world-class outfit. Sky Sports reported that he said: “It is a great achievement but it is only possible with a good team. Without a good team it is not possible and the team is playing well”.
Team’s attitude took CSKA by surprise
Jose Mourinho has claimed that the attitude of his team took CSKA Moscow by surprise in their Champions League win. United won 4-1 thanks to an outstanding first-half display as they dismantled the Russian side with ease. Mourinho lauded their achievement and, as he told BT Sport: “We started so strong. I think we surprised them with our attitude and we killed the game. They didn’t look as good as they are, but because of us. For me the important thing is two matches and six points and a good position in the Champions League. Four more matches to play but we start really strong and we are almost there”.
Liverpool ‘luckier’ than United
Jose Moruinho bemoaned Liverpool’s luck once again after United’s win over CSKA. The Portuguese manager said: “We have a game on Saturday. Liverpool are luckier than us, they play Tuesday and Sunday, we have to play on Wednesday and on Saturday at 3pm. So I think it’s normal, a little bit of relaxation”.