It might have been hard to tell from his demeanour throughout Manchester United’s 2-0 victory at Bournemouth on Wednesday night, but Jose Mourinho declared himself “happy” after securing three points that all but seal Champions League qualification.
Goals from Chris Smalling and substitute Romelu Lukaku for a much-changed United side after Sunday’s defeat to West Brom earned the victory, while Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial all caught the eye ahead of the FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham.
Mourinho had criticised his players after the West Brom game but was far happier with a “professional and responsible” display on the south coast.
He told BT Sport: “The players were good. It was a good professional performance with good effort and responsibility. There was desire to score and a desire to cope with the defensive responsibilities against a fast team.
“All of them were professional and responsible. The first ambition was to finish in the top four and now one point is probably enough. When we have that resolved we can think about third and second place.
“Everything was faster, it was simple. The players were in the right positions and not trying one more flick, one more trick. Everything was good, I am happy.
“Every player on the pitch was positive and put himself available for Saturday. I’m not very good on man of the match, I’m not a big fan of it, but Paul Pogba played very well. Against Man City he was phenomenal but today he was very, very good. A good choice.”