Manchester United earned their fourth 4-0 win of the season as they hosted troubled Crystal Palace, and most of Jose Mourinho’s praise after the game at Old Trafford went to those players of his who ‘have the concept of team’.
I need good players and I need good people. I need some people with maturity, with the concept of ‘team’. I know the new generation of players are more individuals because their entourage and society makes them this way
the Portuguese manager told reporters, emphasizing on the importance of having players who are willing to do all sorts of jobs on the pitch if that’s what the team needs.
So to have people like Mata, [Ander] Herrera, [Antonio] Valencia and [Nemanja] Matic – i’m just giving you a few examples, there are more – is very important. It’s great to have these players, because as managers we do not have an easy life now
the Man United manager said. As for his team’s display against Crystal Palace;
I told the players we had to respect and play seriously against an opponent in a difficult situation but better than the results are saying. Probably the result is bigger than our performance because I don’t think our performance was consistent. We had good periods, good moments, always in control of the game. But I think we could do better, but the important thing are the three points, that’s it
were Mourinho’s words. It was Juan Mata who opened the scoring just three minutes into the game, before Marouane Fellaini added a double, and Romelu Lukaku put the cherry on top with his 11th goal of the season.