Jose Mourinho hails "perfect" Manchester United first half against Swansea City

Luke Shaw

Luke Shaw

He found the net yesterday in United's 2-0 straightforward win over Swansea.

Hundreds of fans staged a march against West Ham's co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan before kick-off in the aftermath of the crowd protests that marred their recent home defeat against Burnley.

The hosts were in control from the start and opened the scoring inside five minutes when Lukaku finally entered the 100 club with a deflected finish into the top corner from close range.

The 24-year-old was pleased with the team's performance against Swansea, especially with the energetic style in the first half.

The Spaniard saved United again with two brilliant stops in quick succession from Swansea sub Abraham.

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The FA Cup still matters at Manchester United and tickets for the semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur were oversubscribed, but it is not the Champions League which takes place next week.

"The second half they improved but we let it go".

"It would be ideal if could play the second half as well as we did the first half", Mourinho told BBC Sport.

"Second half I think Alexis was one of the guys who paid the price of the global week, playing two matches in three days, Saturday and Tuesday, come here, arrive Wednesday late, nearly no time to train so after 60 minutes he was on his way down but important to score".

David de Gea only faced two shots in the match, but he made two excellent saves, particularly the first one.

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Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez scored the goals for United as they moved back up to second in the Premier League. After 20 minutes, United doubled their lead as Jesse Lingard fed Alexis Sanchez in after some shocking defending from Swansea and the Chilean finished sublimely to double United's lead and his own Manchester United tally for the season. A minute later, he waved as J Stand sang: "Ally Sanchez on the wing".

Mourinho pointed to that fatigue from last week's internationals as one reason for his team, collectively, being less dominant in the second half. Mourinho acknowledged as much. Six or seven players had played worldwide football midweek.

"I think the moment you see it is Mo (on the ball) you feel good. Our passing was slower".

Going forward, the United players, agile and mobile even in the absence of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, offered the Swans no peace of mind.

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