It’s been a tough period for my players
Manchester United were convincing winners at Burnley today and that was certainly reflected in what the two managers had to say at the final whistle.
Jose Mourinho kept up his Turf Moor record and that’s now four wins out of four for him. Asked what had pleased him about his team’s performance, he said: “Everything. The first ten minutes were the mirror of the game. So fast, so creative, even I can say so beautiful, but we lost three chances in the first ten minutes and I think that was the mirror of the game.
“We managed to score two goals which was enough to win, but it shouldn’t just be two, it should be three, four, five, six. We should have scored before we scored the goals and we should have scored the penalty that would kill the game and also the best chances after the penalty. Even with ten men the team was really strong in every aspect of the game.
“The pace with the ball and the organisation without the ball. Also the tactical approach, the concentration of a crucial triangle, Fellaini, Lindelof and Smalling, the creativity in midfield and then the intensity moving the ball. And in the last ten/fifteen minutes even when we played at less speed and at less intensity for the counter-attack I thought the performance was very good.
“I keep saying for me it [the support] is not important, it’s nice, of course it’s nice, but it’s not important, because they support the team. I think the team also brought the fans into the game with the way the team played from the beginning with the fantastic football and with a great spirit.
“We knew that this was a must win game for us and the fans played with us but I think they started playing with us since the end of the game against Tottenham. That was the crucial moment, that the best feeling was given to the team when the team most needed it. This week was a very good week and was one when we didn’t feel in any moment that we were coming from a defeat. The spirit was high exactly because of that reaction at Old Trafford.
“This was one of the weeks as a manager where it felt most heartbreaking with the decisions that I made, to leave Andreas Pereira and Matteo Darmian at home, to leave Mata and Scott [McTominay] in the stands and also to leave on the bench with not one minute on the pitch Martial, Ashley Young, the goalkeeper and everyone that didn’t play. It was really heartbreaking because the week was fantastic and every player was part of this game.”
Sean Dyche is now looking forward to the international break having seen his team beaten today in what has been our tenth game of the season. “It’s a strange one for us,” he said. “We’ve come out of a useful period of great experience, but equally it’s been a tough period for my players.
“We’re at game ten already with 16 or 17 outfield players for most of that period. That’s been a challenge, albeit a good one, and generally we haven’t gone too far away from what we are about. Now we’ll reboot and restart.
“We have a couple of weeks when a few of the players will go away on international duty, but for the rest they can, at last, take a breather and work out what’s been going on. We can speak to them about that, but when you are good you are never that good and when you are bad you are never that bad, and we have to bear that in mind. The players are close to something but we have to tidy up at both ends.”
He added: “They are a decent side and I said as much before the game. There is a lot of noise about Manchester United at the moment but facts are facts. I thought they came out of the blocks and started hard and fast and defended strong today, so sometimes there is a balance to disappointment and that’s where they are and where we are.
“We know we are not in Manchester United’s league and it’s a massive challenge for clubs like ours to get close to them guys. You can, by the way, in one offs, but when they turn up it makes it a much tougher challenge.
“The goal just before half time was a real sickener for us but I thought we reacted well in the second half. We got about them a bit more, but they still had some breakaway chances, even when they went down to ten men and in the end I’ve no complaints.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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