Jose Mourinho has reiterated his intention to embrace an attacking approach with Manchester United following their uplifting Champions League win over Juventus.
United recovered from Cristiano Ronaldo’s fabulous volley through a Juan Mata free-kick and an Alex Sandro own goal in the last five minutes to complete a remarkable turnaround in the Allianz Stadium and boost their chances of qualification to the round-of-16.
Juventus dominated for the majority and struck the woodwork twice but United played positively in a goalless first-half and the attacking intent was obvious after they conceded Ronaldo’s goal. Marcus Rashford, Marouane Fellaini and Mata all emerged and provided valuable contributions to United’s recovery.
United could qualify for the knockout stage with a game to spare if they beat Young Boys at Old Trafford and Juve prevail over Valencia at home in three weeks’ time. Mourinho’s side travel to City for the first Manchester derby of the season on Sunday and, having claimed at the weekend United have adopted a more open style, Mourinho vowed to continue attacking.
“I think we played this season against Chelsea and Juventus away, the two best teams that we face this season,” Mourinho said. “And we played very well in both.
“In here, lucky to win in the last minute, against Chelsea unlucky not to win in the last minute. But we played very, very well and this is what we want: We want to play well, we want to go to every stadium, and it doesn’t matter the team, and we play.
“Then if they are better than us they win, if they have more potential than us, they win, if we make mistakes and pay for the mistakes we lose, but I want the feeling, it doesn’t matter where we go, we go to compete.
“And this is the feeling the Manchester United supporters around the world wants – to have that feeling; switch on the television, and it doesn’t matter where we play, they know we are going to compete.
“We will lose matches, today we could lose, but that feeling of we go to play, we go to try to win.”
On the eve of the Juve tie, Mourinho said ‘if we don’t start well and end well that’s fine, is even good fun for the fans’.
United have won four of their last six matches with three of the winners coming in the 89th minute or in stoppage-time.