Published: Fri, March 02, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Mourinho hails Lukaku as Man Utd beat Chelsea

Mourinho hails Lukaku as Man Utd beat Chelsea

They continue to lead a pack of four sides separated by just five points, making second their staple position just like sixth was previous year, but the possibility of finishing outside the Champions League spots - whilst unlikely - is still very much alive.

His strike against the Blues was his first in United colours against a team in the division's top six, a statistic which had previously plagued him.

"My expectation is to see him on the pitch".

"I've been in the game for so long", he said. I started playing when I was 16. I have been doing it for 10 years straight.

"Obviously there are bits we can improve on, first of all, we can improve on not conceding, and scoring more goals, but football can sometimes go against you and today's one of those days". I don't listen to it. I repeat - we beat a very good team. Regardless of whatever the instructions are, the football is entirely dependent on the players.

I was trying to find a way for my players to be unsafe in the interior football because through the sides Chelsea are very, very strong, so we found a way to play against them where we didn't concede much. I will keep that to myself.

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City have won 23 of their 27 league games so far this campaign with their only defeat coming at Anfield against Liverpool last month and they have racked-up an incredible +59 goal difference. He opted for 20-time top-flight champions United rather than his ex-employers and is adamant he holds no regrets.

"I have to try and make the best decision for the team, no?"

Lukaku believes that his choice to join Manchester United last summer was the right choice. "In the second half, he started the same way but when I see a player is a bit exhausted, my task is to find a different solution". "But I think that Pogba is showing at United that he is a top player". "The challenge is there to win and it's something that I wanted".

"To get the victor would have been even better for me, but to get the goal before half-time was really important for us". "I know that is hard, I know that Sevilla has experience and quality but it's a match at Old Trafford to decide the result".

"To get the goal before halftime was really important for us".

"But when we scored he had time to change and to play with both in the middle and you can imagine they are two fantastic strikers, so we have also to adapt and progressively the players were understanding the changes".

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