Mourinho explains Man United's lacklustre second-half performance


Game of two halves?

Manchester United return to Premier League action next weekend with a crunch clash against Manchester City.

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Romelu Lukaku's 100th Premier League goal after five minutes was complemented by Alexis Sanchez's low strike in a superb first-half display that United were unable to maintain after the break.

United scored twice within the opening 20 minutes and dominated possession against the relegation-threatened team.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho said Lukaku and his teammates were brilliant in the first half, but exhausted in the second. "But I think we let it go a bit".

Klopp felt Sadio Mane should have been given a penalty instead of a yellow card for simulation in the first half.

"We were so strong, we had lots of movement, lots of passing, we arrived in many risky positions, scored two, should have had at least one more". "But I want to add trophies to the personal stuff".

"It is a dream come true".

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"I'm really happy", he told the media.

Mohamed Salah scored their late victor, his 37th of the season in all competitions, after the equaliser by Sadio Mane.

But Juan Mata volleyed over spectacularly on the turn and Lukaku, having controlled Pogba's pass on his chest, saw his shot blocked from six yards by Lukasz Fabianski. He was associated with the team this year in the Winter Transfer window.

Swansea did not manage a shot on target throughout the first period, but the half-time introduction of Tammy Abraham made them more of an attacking threat, and David de Gea had to be at his best to prevent the substitute from pulling the visitors back into the contest. "I'm a team player so I put the team ahead of myself".

Raheem Sterling slotted home the third after fine work from David Silva and the hosts never looked like mounting any sort of fightback, despite Bolasie's second-half consolation.

United's only realistic chance of silverware this season lies in the FA Cup, where they take on an in-form Tottenham Hotspur side in the semi-finals later this month.

"Last season we won titles but finished sixth in the league", he said.

"We got the points and are ready to fight stay in second position".