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Jose Mourinho hails Manchester United defensive play in win over Benfica

Mourinho hails Man United defensive play
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Jose Mourinho is happy with Manchester United's defensive display in their 1-0 Champions League win at Benfica and insists that being good at the back is not "a crime".

Jose Mourinho has praised Manchester United's defensive performance in their 1-0 win over Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

The Red Devils scored what turned out to be the winner in the 64th minute when Marcus Rashford's long-range free kick was carried over by teenage goalkeeper Mile Svilar over the goalline.

Mourinho also criticised what he perceived to be a viewpoint that "being good defensively is a crime" and insisted that he knew Man United would eventually break Benfica's resistance.

"We were in control, David de Gea did not have one save to make. I never felt we could concede a goal and were solid defensively," Mourinho told reporters following the game at the Estadio da Luz.

"Sometimes I feel being good defensively is a crime, but that is a way of getting results. We are one point from qualifying and one victory away from winning the group with two games at home to play. A good game, solid.

"I knew how good the goalkeeper was, I told the players that. We had a little bit of a strategy, especially on set-pieces to make him uncomfortable. We put men around him on corners so he cannot come out. He risks a lot, but only top keepers do that. He was unlucky for the goal.

"We knew the Benfica pressure could not stay for 90 minutes. The amazing defensive work Liverpool did against us, Benfica could not do that for the whole game. Without any pressure, we knew the goal would arrive. We forced a little more and with quality and sharpness we could have killed the game more."

United top Group A after winning all three games, while Basel beat CSKA Moscow 2-0 in the other group fixture of the night.


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