Mourinho issues injury update on Valencia after West Brom win

Jessica Allison
December 19, 2017

But after being named in Mourinho's team for the last five games, he has scored four goals to make it seven for the season in all competitions - his best return since breaking into the first team in 2015. Mourinho maintained throughout Lukaku's drought that he was "happy" with his striker. It was too comfortable for them.

Marcus Rashford came in for Anthony Martial in the only change from United's mid-week win over Bournemouth, starting alongside Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata behind Romelu Lukaku, while Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic continued in midfield as Paul Pogba served the last game of his suspension.

"The intensity in the first half maybe we didn't have in the second half". It set up a nervous 10 minutes but United held on.

Ending a two-match winless run in the league, Klopp's side took the lead in the 20th minute. He might not admit it, but he will be happier now he is scoring again. We'll concentrate on the next game ahead and see where we are at the end of the season.

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I don't like a sad place when you lose and you're not happy", he said. Bournemouth was a hard match and we coped with it, we did our work.


Lingard's goal to put United 2-0 up was fortunate in that his seemingly innocuous shot took a huge deflection, but credit to Mata's movement to emerge on the left wing, dribble inwards and at the heart of the defence, and then lay the ball off to Lingard to shoot. United don't play against another top-six side until they visit Tottenham on January 31 and Mourinho will settle for Lukaku showing just how much of a "flat track bully" he can be until then. Henrikh Mkhitaryan's continued absence has given Lingard the chance to make himself a regular and he has taken it.

"West Brom are really powerful in the air. It was great to have them there on days like today".

"You don't go insane when you win", said the Portuguese, who famously celebrated Porto's qualification for the Champions League quarter-finals with a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in 2004 by sliding across the turf on his knees. And Pardew admitted his own errors after the game.

Salomon Rondon will be starting up front for the home side, and you suspect he might be a lonely boy at times.

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