Jose Mourinho has described the second goal that Manchester United conceded to Crystal Palace on Monday night as ‘disgraceful and childish’, and we have to agree.
Manchester United went 2-0 down in the first half at Selhurst Park on Monday night, with odds of 20/1 like an outsider horse for the Grand National at Aintree, but tJose’s men managed to turn things around after the half-time break.
Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku scored to draw Manchester United level in the second half, but it was a 90th-minute screamer from Nemanja Matic that stole the show.
After the dramatic 3-2 victory, Jose Mourinho told Sky Sports News:
“That disgraceful, childish second goal changed everything, but the players kept an amazing attitude.
“Juan Mata was finding spaces inside, Marcus Rashford was open on the left and brought their right-back wide to give us more space in the middle.
“You always need that little bit of luck to win a match in the last few minutes. Sometimes the winner is the one who deserves the congratulations but I think [Palace boss] Roy Hodgson did everything right.
“I cannot tell you half of the things I told my team at half-time because there would be lots of bleeping on television. But what I can say was all about the tactical positioning. To come back from 2-0 down away from home against a team that is desperate for points, it gives us a great feeling.”
The Manchester United comeback was evident of the United of old, and Mourihno was more than happy with the situation:
“It was a fantastic comebacks but with mistakes
“We started bad once more. Not pressing the ball, not pressing the opposition and giving them too much space. Then they scored the goal. In the second half we conceded again, a goal to show kids in academies around the country that top teams can concede silly goals.
“But after that the attitude was fantastic, and the intensity, the quality, the dynamic. You need luck to win in the last minute but I say we deserved it because our domination in the last half hour was huge. I have to recognise Palace did very well. Roy was aggressive, very clever. He tried to bring the emotion of the game to his team. Congratulations to them. It’s very hard for them to go home without a single point because they gave absolutely everything but don’t get to go home with a single point.”
Manchester United take on Liverpool at Old Trafford this Saturday, 2nd vs 3rd in the Premier League