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Mourinho: The attitude of the players was magnificent

Mourinho: The attitude of the players was magnificent

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho praised his team's attitude after they beat Middlesbrough 3-1 at the Riverside Stadium in their Premier League clash on Sunday.

In what was a makeshift starting line-up from United, Marouane Fellaini gave the visitors the lead before Jesse Lingard doubled his side's advantage.

Rudy Gestede brought Boro back in the contest but Antonio Valencia made the points safe for United in injury time as the Red Devils moved up to fifth position on the league table.

Having played on Monday in the FA Cup and then again on Thursday in the Europa League, Mourinho was without Paul Pogba through injury while top-scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still serving a suspension. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Daley Blind were also rested.

Mourinho told BBC Sport after the game: "I'm super happy. The attitude of the players was magnificent. I made them feel important, trusted.

"We organised the team to come here and do what we did until the second goal: defend well, don't concede, be dangerous on the counter-attack, play with the fast boys in front.

"Until two-zero, the game was the game we wanted. Then they played direct football with Gestede and [Alvaro] Negredo, we brought an extra defender in [Marcos Rojo] to cope with that, but our mistake was that we let them push."

The former Chelsea mentor added: "You are always worried, especially when you miss chances like we did in the first half. Anything can happen with big football, with tall, direct players. It was open until the end.

"I was exactly expecting this. I knew that that answer would be positive, according to the qualities of my players. I cannot expect Marcus [Rashford] to be Zlatan [Ibrahimovic], [Michael] Carrick to be Pogba, or Ashley Young to be Blind. But they have their qualities."

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