Mourinho: Maturity allows me to control my emotions

Date published: Sunday 17th December 2017 4:48

Jose Mourinho believes his Manchester United side were deserved 2-1 winners over West Brom at the Hawthorns.

Romelu Lukaku’s 15th goal of the season and Jesse Lingard’s deflected effort sealed a 2-1 win at The Hawthorns.

They were made to sweat after Gareth Barry’s second-half strike but held on, and once again they sit 11 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City.

“I think we deserved the win. We were the best team. I knew and the players knew that West Brom is very dangerous on set-pieces.

“We controlled the game for a long, long time, then manager Alan Pardew reacts. We had a few chances to kill the game but I knew they would react.

“I think [we showed] less ambition after the break. The intensity in the first half maybe we didn’t have in the second half. West Brom are really powerful in the air. But after their goal we controlled the game again. We brought the ball into the opposition half.”

Mourinho was also asked why Lukaku didn’t celebrate his goal: “I didn’t celebrate too. Nobody was happier than me.

“Fifteen years ago I look at myself celebrating goals. With maturity you go into levels that you control your emotions better.

“Romelu was a happy kid at West Brom (on loan during the 2012-13 season) – maybe at the back of the mind it was his love for the club.”

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