Mourinho Reacts To Winning First Trophy As Man Utd Boss
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August 8, 2016 ( Post 1 )
Manchester United lifted a trophy following Jose Mourinho's first competitive match as manager and, naturally, the boss as delighted with his players at Wembley Stadium.
Mourinho dedicated his new club's Community Shield win over Leicester City to predecessor Louis van Gaal.
United beat Claudio Ranieri's Premier League champions 2-1 at Wembley on Sunday thanks to Zlatan Ibrahimovic's late headed winner, but Mourinho was quick to thank the Dutchman for his role in the triumph.
"First of all, if you will allow me I want to dedicate the victory to Louis van Gaal because without him we wouldn't be here celebrating. He won the FA Cup to allow us to be here today. So I dedicate it to him and to my seven players who didn't play today. It was very hard to see players like Depay, Phil Jones, Ashley Young not playing."
The Red Devils came out on top despite Jamie Vardy netting early in the second half to cancel out Jesse Lingard's opener, and Mourinho added that Leicester's performance had given his side a real test - especially in an injury-time phase which saw goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel spend much of the time in attack.
"They brought an intensity to the game which was difficult for us to cope with," he added. "We recovered the balance, and when you score almost at the end it is always a bit lucky but we were almost in control.
"In the last five minutes it was a nightmare. Schmeichel is a goalkeeper but he was clearly watching videos of his dad, and at right-back they have someone who looked like Rory Delap with the long throw-ins but it was Luis Hernandez."
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