Cape Town - Jose
Mourinho says his side's result in the Europa League on Thursday
matched their performance as Manchester United defeated Zorya Luhansk
2-0 in a "dominant" display at the Stadion Chornomorets.
The Red Devils claimed their placed in the knockout phase of the
competition in second place in Group A, behind Fenerbahce, while
Feyenoord, who lost 1-0 to the Turkish side were eliminated, along
A well-taken Henrikh Mkhitaryan goal three minutes into the second
half ultimately broke the deadlock before Zlatan Ibrahimovic secured the
result two minutes from time.
Speaking to the club's official website, a pleased Mourinho said: "We
played well tonight. One thing is to play badly and get bad results,
which kills confidence and is more difficult to cope with.
"When you play well, you have to hope the results will come. The
reality is nobody was better than us [in recent weeks], even though we
had disappointing results. And in the players' brains, that plays a
The United boss praised Zorya for pushing them all the way, in a competitive match in difficult conditions.
He added: "We had the ball, we had the control, they were defensively
good, they had a couple of occasions on the counter-attack and at a
free-kick, but we were dominant and if you look at the numbers, we were
the team to win. But yes, they were good enough to give us a difficult
"The pitch was better today than yesterday and was good enough to
play football and we appreciate the effort that probably Chenomorets and
Zorya together did to give us a good pitch to play football. There are
no miracles with this cold weather so we appreciate the effort to give
us a proper match."
Mourinho's men next welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Old Trafford on Sunday and will be looking to close a six-point gap between the sides in a battle for a place in next season's Champions League.
Kick off is scheduled for 16:15.