Jose Mourinho hails Manchester United’s win over Leicester, Italian Claudio Ranieri

Feb 6, 2017
Juan Mata celebrates after scoring Manchester United third goal against Leicester during an English Premier League match at The King Power Stadium on Sunday, February 5, 2017.
Juan Mata celebrates after scoring Manchester United third goal against Leicester during an English Premier League match at The King Power Stadium on Sunday, February 5, 2017.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho hailed a “really important” win as his side deepened Leicester City’s relegation worries with a 3-0 triumph during an EPL match at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.

United seized control of the game with two goals in less than two minutes towards the end of the first half and added a third after the break as the demoralised Premier League champions slipped deeper into trouble.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Juan Mata were on target, and Mourinho told BBC Sport: “It was really important for us.

“We lost two points in the last match at home [against Hull] and had three consecutive draws so we needed the points.

“I am happy. We don’t have a league defeat since October and, if we tried to transform the unlucky draws to victories, we would be in an amazing position.”

Mourinho said he “did not look at others” as far as the battle for a place in the top four was concerned and added: “We are still in the same position but we are closer to the others, so we keep fighting.”

Speaking to Sky Sports, the United boss backed under-pressure opposite number Claudio Ranieri, whose side could find themselves in the relegation zone next weekend if they lose to fellow strugglers Swansea.

“He is the FIFA coach of the year – that is deserved,” he said. “His work will be in the history of football for many years.

“People will remember him and Leicester, and that deserves respect. It doesn’t matter if this season is difficult for them.

“Champions League is new for them. It is difficult. I am sure they are going to get enough points to get stability.” – ESPN