Mourinho Claims United Deserved To Beat Everton, Defends Fellaini Use

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has denied deliberately kicking Seamus Coleman in the head, saying he could have made the Everton defender "fall asleep" if it had been on objective.

Everton rallied back to earn a deserved point in a 1-1 draw after Leighton Baines' 85th minute penalty cancelled out Zlatan Ibrahimovic's first half goal.

"I had a bad game against Manchester City but that is in the past".

"He impressed with his commitment and surprised them by coming in to pump some iron and get more running into his legs".

"We are playing very well at home, super-dominant". We are playing very well away with some awesome performances from (Phil) Jones and (Marcos) Rojo, and not getting the results we deserve. He is one of the best I have played with.

"We showed that commitment and qualities and the three subs had a big impact on the game".

Mourinho was inevitably asked about his decision to take Henrikh Mkhitaryan off for Fellaini, and didn't sound too pleased with a Manchester Evening News journalist, reportedly saying: "I thought you knew more about football".

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"But Jose has the best CV in the world and you only have to look at the honours he won at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid to see that".

Eto'o, who again played under Mourinho at Chelsea, believes his old mentor has grown out of touch with the way the football is played nowadays.

"When you have on the bench a player with two metres (in height) you play the player in front of the defensive line to help the team to win the match".

Mourinho also felt that it is hard to play against Everton due to their direct style of play.

A rocky start saw Mkhitaryan plummet down the pecking order but he's gradually becoming an important player as a result of some fine performances. While the numbers United are recording for the aforementioned stats would be good enough to challenge for the top four, they find themselves a long way off City and with fewer goals scored than Tony Pulis' West Brom (20).

"Yeah I'm happy, this was a performance and a result", Mourinho explained after their 4-0 win over Feyenoord in the Europa League at the end of November.

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  • Lawrence Cooper