Mourinho: I am really happy for the boys

Jose Mourinho was delighted for his players as they defeated Chelsea 2-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday to keep their European hopes alive. 

Goals from Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera sealed the win with Mourinho praising his players for their spirit and the way they executed his tactical plan.

United had lost twice to Chelsea, in the league and FA Cup, and in some ways this immense team performance was in response to those losses.

The Portuguese said after the game: "We went to Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup with same tactics and the game was totally controlled when we played with 11 players. 

"Only the decision that made us play with 10 men for the second half, plus some minutes in the first half, gave Chelsea a chance to be dominant, but we knew that if we played this way then it would be very difficult for them.”

Mourinho praised Rashford by adding: "He played fantastically well. He also had a very good game at Stamford Bridge in the cup. He had exactly the same chance to score, even playing with 10 men in the second half, because he is faster than their defenders and he can get behind them. 

"But today he scored and it was at the beginning of the match, which gave the team more confidence and stability. So it was very important and the kid played fantastically well.”

One goal, one assist, one Man of the Match award. • Take a bow, @AnderHerrera! ?

A post shared by Manchester United (@manchesterunited) on Apr 16, 2017 at 11:28am PDT

He added: "I think everyone did what they had to do. Everybody fought really hard. (Eric) Bailly and (Marcus) Rojo, I think they deserve a special mention because they have played in absolutely every game, non-stop, since the injuries of (Chris) Smalling and (Phil) Jones. But I am really happy with the team and the results, because the Manchester City and Liverpool results left us in the position of needing to win. 

"Not even a draw would be a good result for us, so I am really happy for the boys and for us because we keep two windows open to try to play Champions League football.”