Alexis Sanchez's first goal for Manchester United wrapped up a 2-0 victory against Huddersfield on a day when the clubs came together to remember those who lost their lives in the Munich air disaster.
Sanchez won a penalty and saw it saved, only to turn home the rebound on his Old Trafford debut as United bounced back from the midweek loss at Tottenham, extending Huddersfield's winless Premier League run to an eighth match.
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"He played only three (matches since joining from Arsenal) and the first at Old Trafford, and I think Old Trafford, in spite of being a quiet stadium, the pitch is big, the grass is nice and obviously the players feel very comfortable playing here", he said.
This is comfortably United's best league campaign since Sir Alex Ferguson retired as a champion in 2013, yet Pep Guardiola's swashbuckling side boast an eye-watering 15-point cushion at the summit. In a 2-0 win over Leicester in August, Mourinho said that the atmosphere was 'very quiet, ' and that he only knew the stadium was full after United scored a goal.
"That's why I say that it's bad for you because you like to have things to write and things to speculate, especially in the summer - but I don't want attacking players so don't speak about attacking players that are coming here because nobody is coming here. So for me, that's fine".
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The United manager caused a surprise with his starting XI, however, dropping Paul Pogba to the bench and handing 19-year-old McTominay only his second Premier League start of the season.
Mourinho said of the decision: "I changed a few players and the intention was not to punish anyone".
David De Gea played his 300th game as Manchester United no.1 but had virtually nothing to do all game but watch the scintillating attacking football in front of him.
And Mourinho added that such a raft of options insures there is no need to buy more forwards come the end of the season.
"He had surgery this morning", Mourinho told a news conference. It's a small intervention in his external (lateral) meniscus and I want to believe that by the end of March he can be back.
The Reds Devils have been City's nearest rivals throughout the campaign but Mourinho concedes the gap is nearly certainly insurmountable with 13 games remaining, saying United "need points to be the first of the last".