Mourinho lauds Man United as confidence grows at Old Trafford

Mourinho lauds Man United as confidence grows at Old Trafford

But in discussing that moment, the United manager also expressed surprise that a crowd of 75,021 fans did not make more noise.

However, the cavalry arrived to save the day as replacements Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini scored shortly after coming on, the latter having been set up by another substitute Jesse Lingard, to seal United's third victory in as many fixtures.

Mourinho may have been considering switching Martial for Rashford at that point, but it was from the Frenchman's cross that United won a 53rd-minute penalty as the ball crashed into Danny Simpson's arm from close range.

The hosts were the better team throughout at Old Trafford, but found it hard to breach a tough Leicester defence until Rashford converted from a second-half corner.

The whole stadium breathed a huge sigh of relief when United opened the scoring but they knew from the experiences of last season that the team needed a second goal in order to seal the win.

Second-half goals from Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini eased United's nerves after the visitors had defended strongly and Romelu Lukaku had seen a penalty saved by Kasper Schmeichel. Yes, I watched the match three times. "I was speaking with Lingard because Lingard was going to be the next player to come in", he said. They defended very well. "That's why we need depth, we always say get ready because the substitutes can make an impact on the game and they did today so we're very happy with that".

"If I have to choose a word to describe my team, I would have to say, 'Solid, '" Mourinho said.

Leicester started the game with the doggedness and energy we have come to associate with the former Premier League champions over the past three years.

"The players are good and motivated".

Mourinho told MUTV: "I think we played very well. If they are not playing on the pitch, they are playing on the bench waiting for a chance, waiting for a minute, and they broke the wall".

The Foxes failed to designate anyone to keep an eye on the forward at a Henrikh Mkhitaryan corner and he swung his leg from the centre of the area, with the ball bouncing up and into the net via Schmeichel's push.

Sprint legend Usain Bolt was in the stands wearing a United cap and scarf as his beloved side moved back to the top of the table with nine points from their first three games, in which they have kept a trio of clean sheets.



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