Jose Mourinho happy to rid losing feeling as Manchester United beat Bournemouth
Last Updated: 13/12/17 11:09pm
Jose Mourinho underlined the importance of Manchester United's victory over Bournemouth following their derby day humbling.
United got back to winning ways at Old Trafford after the derby tussle with Manchester City courtesy of a workmanlike 1-0 victory over the Cherries.
Romelu Lukaku (25) silenced his critics with the winning strike midway through the first half, his first goal in five Premier League games although he refused to celebrate.
Mourinho said there was no hangover from the 2-1 loss on Sunday and was pleased with his team's reaction.
"It was a difficult match against a difficult opponent who had one more day's rest than us," he told Sky Sports.
"We played a big match and had to deal with the fatigue of an extra situation which is unhappy. The players reacted well and we had two amazing chances to kill the game. In the last 10-15 minutes they had nothing to lose and brought fresh players on. They didn't create any big chances but they had dominance in the last 15 minutes.
"When you lose a match it's important you don't lose two in a row. Every team that loses a match tries not to lose the next one. That's the magic of football. We tried and we managed it. We are happy."
Lukaku has struggled for goalscoring form in recent months, missing a number chances and costing his team with lapses in concentration against City on Sunday.
The goal was just his third in his last 14 games but Mourinho said he is not worried about Lukaku's goals return, preferring to concentrate on his all-round game.
"The team needed the goal, not just Lukaku," he said.
"He scored and once more I don't analyse performances by the goals they score. I analyse performance on many other factors. He was on the pitch for 90 minutes so I am happy with that."
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