Warming to his theme, Mourinho suggested the compression of matches meant United were likely to lose at struggling Middlesbrough, who on Thursday sacked his former Real Madrid assistant Aitor Karanka. Middlesbrough did threaten next though with Gaston Ramirez.
"Two tough games, Germany will be a good test for us and obviously we've still got to qualify (for the World Cup)". "Maybe we won't win the Europa League, so we have to fight to try to finish fourth". The goal came from a beautifully delivered Ashley Young cross which Fellaini headed in easily. Substitute Rudy Gestede and Eric Bailly were involved in a coming together that many felt involved a bite. Valencia played in a position where I tried to protect him a little bit, instead of 100m up and down.
Manchester United face nine games in the month of April, with a two-legged Europa League tie with Belgian side Anderlecht pencilled in along with their commitments in England.
"I'm still a very happy man, capable of being emotional with a special victory".
Pep Guardiola: John Stones has "more balls" than anyone
Liverpool supporters will argue that, on the balance of their play, they deserve to be higher up the table. Liverpool trails third-placed City by just one point, although Pep Guardiola's side have a game in hand.
The visitors then doubled the advantage in the 62nd minute when Lingard, who was included in Gareth Southgate's recent England squad, smashed an effort from the edge of the box into the top-right corner.
United have gone through a turbulent transition period since Alex Ferguson retired at the end of their title-winning campaign in 2012-13, with David Moyes and Louis van Gaal having both been sacked for failing to achieve the desired results.
After being eased into life in Ligue 1, the 23-year-old has since hit cruising altitude, and his stunning long-range strike against Toulouse FC last weekend was the high point of his nine top-flight appearances to date. That intent was leaving United space to exploit on the break, with ponderous play from Rashford forgotten after Lingard sent the travelling fans wild. United has yet to announce the fifth city for the games or the opposition. It lifted Paris Saint-Germain to a 5-0 win in a Champions League group game.