Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes Carlos Carvalhal will keep Swansea City in the Premier League this season.
Believe it or not, the Portuguese was full of praise for his opposite number and the opposition as his side won 2-0 at Old Trafford, praising his side’s first-half performance as one of the best of the season.
Mourinho called it ‘perfect’, as his side were 2-0 ahead after just 20 minutes, as Swansea’s defensive setup and early tactics failed to the job they intended to.
The Swans sat back, invited the pressure, and being static at the back made it too easy for United to go into an early lead as Lukaku had the time and space to take a touch inside the box before finding the top corner.
A quarter of an hour later, and Sanches went through on goal to slip the ball past Fabianski.
Carvalhal’s double change at the break inspired a second-half improvement. Abraham went closest with two chances in quick succession. It was our only two decent chances of the game, but de Gea was on form, palming the first strong effort away with a strong right hand, before getting down low to stop the second.
Our intensity increased but it proved too little too late as United had done enough damage early on in the game.
Mourinho says he believes his fellow countryman Carlos Carvalhal will be manager of the season for keeping the Swans in the league:
“This guy is going to keep Swansea in the Premier League and he will be the manager of the season because he did that.”
Our Premier League status is still very much in the balance. Today’s defeat didn’t dent our survival hopes too much with more important games coming up soon. A trip to rock-bottom West Brom is next, and our game in hand at home against Southampton – still yet to be arranged – will be crucial. Everton is our next confirmed home game and we also end the season at the Liberty against Stoke.
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