A pleased Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has praised his new signings Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic after the side’s season-opening Premier League 4-0 win over West Ham on Sunday.
Lukaku, bought for £75m from Everton this summer, and Matic, who arrived from Chelsea, we’re outstanding as United cruised to victory at Old Trafford, the former scoring twice and the latter controlling the midfield.
“I am pleased, but I remember every second of the game,” Mourinho told reporters after the game.
“I don’t forget the ball hitting the bar at 2-0 and Diafra Sakho coming onto the pitch. In spite of speaking about Sakho at half-time, he was free and almost scored. If the score was 2-1, the last 20 minutes, instead of enjoying trying to score more goals, it would have been about not conceding the equaliser, for not losing two points. Yes, we did very good things but the thing I’m more pleased about is the confidence levels in the team and individually. The confidence to play good football.
“First of all, they [Lukaku and Matic] are obviously top players. Secondly, they’ve played for years and years in the Premier League so it’s nothing new for them – only the club and the colleagues, not even the manager as they worked with me before. I think they showed that stability really that Victor Lindelof, for example, doesn’t have now as he’s just arrived from a completely different environment.”
Mourinho the praised his side’s attacking intent in the win over the same team they drew with at home last season.
“I want to win matches and, obviously, the best way to win matches is to score more goals,” he added.
“Pre-match, I was asked about being more offensive than last season but we were offensive last season. It’s about scoring goals. We had similar performances last season with less quality and not the same confidence levels but we had very attacking performances, where we couldn’t score the goals to win.
“Pre-season was very good. We managed to have good preparation and that is obviously very, very important. Injured players are also coming back so the squad is in good shape.”