Jose Mourinho: Our best performance of the season
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has praised his team for their 4-0 victory over Everton, saying that he believes it was their best performance of the season.
United scored within five minutes against Everton as Antonio Valencia fired a fantastic volley past Jordan Pickford.
They only added the other three goals in the final ten minutes but Moruinho was happy with his team’s performance.
"I think the performance was very good, especially in the first 30-35 minute, it was probably our best performance of the season.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho celebrates after the matchReuters
"We pressed them and they did not have a chance to get out, they did not have a shot, it was very impressive. After that, Everton's good players came out and showed their qualities. They gave us difficulty but I looked behind me on the bench and saw alternatives.
"The Premier League now is becoming very trendy with five at the back, so the best way to play against that is to play five at the back yourself. When you try not to match the tactical system of the opponent, you take risks. So we played with three up top plus Henrikh Mkhitaryan. You have to kill the game and give them little chances. There was a moment where I felt we did not kill it so we have to make it solid with Ander Herrera. The second goal went in, then game over."
Mourinho made it clear that he felt that Everton, who have lost their last three games 3-0, 3-0 and 4-0, would be fine and they are just having a tough period fixtures-wise.
Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United celebrates victory after the Premier League match between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford on September 17, 2017 in Manchester, England.Getty Images
"Everton are going to be fine but they are living a difficult moment. The fixtures they have got, I would not like this all together at the same time. I would like one of the top five, but all of them, that is not fair for them.”
Mourinho also said he had no issue with Anthony Martial taking the penalty to score the fourth.
"The penalty-taker today was Juan Mata, but he was out so I let the players take the decision. It is nice for Anthony Marital, fine for me, no problem."