Mourinho praises United's perfect first-half showing

Mourinho praises United's perfect first-half showing

Mourinho praises United's perfect first-half showing

Lukaku reached a century of goals with a neat finish in Saturday's 2-0 Premier League win over Swansea City.

The Belgium striker ran onto Sanchez's pass and scored with a deflected shot to put United ahead at Old Trafford in the fifth minute.

United had the ball in the back of the net once again with five minutes remaining in the first-half but Lingard's goal was ruled out for offside.

However, with England worldwide Jesse Lingard in magnificent form and having a hand in both goals, United had settled this game inside the opening 20 minutes. De Gea flew to his right-hand side to save Abraham's first shot, pulling off an incredible reaction save.

Should Romelu continue his fine form then he may conclude the season with more than 30 goals for United across all competitions.

The goal was Lukaku's 100th in the Premier League, he therefore became the quickest foreign player to achieve this feat.

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Carvalhal, having just watched his Swansea City team lose 2-0 at Old Trafford, had turned up to his post-match press conference early and stood in the doorway as Mourinho delivered his sermon. The first half [was] probably one of the best we played here.

"It would be ideal if could play the second half as well as we did the first half", Mourinho told BBC Sport.

Swansea had a rare chance as they tried to push into the opposition half, but the final delivery into the box was easily cut off by David De Gea.

"The second half they improved but we let it go". We arrived in many risky positions, we scored two, we should have scored at least one more.

"We got the points and are ready to fight stay in second position".

Mourinho admits that things could not have gone much better for the Red Devils, with only a slight dip in the second half of a contest they won comfortably letting them down. "It's very hard after the global break because we are all used to a specific training intensity and then the players go away to different teams".

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