'Phil Jones [decided] to be on the bench he was feeling that in case of real need he would help us, ' said Mourinho after the Benfica win.
"That's why we controlled the game because we defended properly". I never felt we could concede a goal and were solid defensively.
"Other managers, they cry, they cry, they cry when some player is injured". It is to give confidence to the players that are available.
Conte lashed back out at Jose, essentially telling the United manager to mind his own business and to focus on his own players. Without any pressure, we knew the goal would arrive.
"Today it happened the same".
"Without any pressure, we knew the goal would arrive", Mourinho said after the Benfica game which was settled by a terrible error by the Portuguese side's 18-year-old keeper.
The 25-year-old's been in great form in the centre of United's defence this term, helping United to nine clean sheets in 12 matches.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho may have won over few neutrals with his cautious approach, but United's players have at least earned some praise for an act of sportsmanship after their 1-0 away win over Benfica yesterday morning (Singapore time).
The former Old Trafford legend also played mind-games with referees, often pointing to his watch on the sidelines whenever opposition teams were wasting time, in order to remind match officials to add it all up.
"I brought Scott McTominay who is the same age as Benfica's kids, but the Premier League is a different story. We are not bad".
The wily Portuguese knows goals like Marcus Rashford's freak effort against 18-year old novice Mile Svilar, the youngest goalkeeper in Champions League history, will be hard to come by against stronger rivals.
"But, no, he told me he was feeling something in his knee. I don't know about Paul, I don't know about Fellaini".