Jose Mourinho took a swipe at his critics by claiming how his style has become an art now as he sarcastically applauded a “big change” in England.
Manchester United got back to winning ways in emphatic fashion on Sunday as they thrashed struggling Premier League champions Leicester City 3-0 at the King Power Stadium to extend their unbeaten run in the league to 15 and leave their hosts teetering a point over the relegation zone.
It was a largely comfortable night for Jose Mourinho’s men as they dominated the possession throughout the game and created a raft of chances to blow Leicester away. And after gradually growing into the match two goals inside two minutes towards the end of the first half from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic saw them grab control of the match.
Juan Mata scored the third goal for Manchester United just after the restart to seal what turned out to be a comfortable win for Mourinho’s side.
After the match, Mourinho was visibly happy as he hailed a good global performance from his side. Speaking in his post-match press conference, he said, “There were many good performances. The global performance was very good and there were many good individual performances.”
Mourinho also took aim at his critics of his style as he sarcastically applauded a “big change” in England and claimed how his style of playing pragmatic counter-attacking football is now being lauded as an “art” in the Premier League.
He continued, “Look, my team is playing very well. For many years in my career, especially in this country, when my teams were ruthless, phenomenal defensively and very good on the counter-attack, I listened week after week that it was not enough, despite winning the title three times.
“It looks like this season to be phenomenal defensively and good on the counter-attack is an art – it is a big change in England.
“My Manchester United, I don’t want to change the profile of our play – this is the way we, the fans and the club want to play. But I don’t want to be the manager of a team that plays very well, creates a lot of chances and does not win matches. We need to score goals and we today we did.”
The result on Sunday did nothing to change the league positions of either side as Leicester City are 16th with 21 points while Manchester United remained 6th, but are now within 2 points of a place in the Top 4 with 45 points.
Mourinho’s men have home comforts to look forward to next as they host Walter Mazzarri’s Watford at Old Trafford in Gameweek 25.