Mourinho admits expletive half-time rant inspired comeback win at Palace

Arsenal's Shkodran Mustafi Granit Xhaka and Danny Welbeck look dejected after conceding their second goal scored by Manchester City's David Silva

But, United managed to come from behind to take all three points, thanks to goals from Chris Smalling, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic.

It is not going to be easy for Manchester United to win tonight - Palace are in a poor run of form (2D, 3L in last 5 games) but are notoriously hard to beat at home....last time out, Spurs needed a very late Harry Kane goal to snatch the three points, and before that Palace were unbeaten in three, including THAT 0-0 draw against Manchester City where they missed a last gasp penalty to win the game.

Asked about the incident on Sky Sports, Mourinho responded: 'No, but it was empty. We think they will come to the party and really set up a mouth-watering clash with Liverpool on Saturday lunchtime. It was a fantastic match. We played very good quality football in the second half but we made so many defensive mistakes.

"I don't like my teams to lose organisation like we did, but unbelievable match an fantastic comeback, and very important victory for us because now we have nine matches to the end and we have nine points to fifth place which is not wonderful but is OK". "It wasn't even impossible that we'd score the third goal". I will be like that until my last day.

"If we didn't concede the second goal and went straight from dressing room to changing the result, then I would say I did something good at half-time, but with that disgraceful, childish second goal, everything changed". But the players kept an unbelievable attitude.

"We moved the ball quicker, [Marcus] Rashford on the left at least brought their right-back wide and gave more space in the middle. You always need that little bit of luck to win a match in the last few minutes".

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"The message was: half I can not tell you because you would have lots of (bleeps) on the television, half of it was tactical information". But what I can say was all about the tactical positioning.

"We also came back against Chelsea, which was good, but to come back from 2-0 down away home against a team fighting desperately for points and scoring in the last minute gives us a great feeling".

"I think Marcus [Rashford] was good and immediately he created risky situations and immediately he opened more space in between defenders".

Mourinho said he could not reveal what he said to his players at half-time after a dismal first-half performance because his language was too colourful for television. We had to take the risks and [Jesse] Lingard as a right-back is this kind of insane right-back that can make a defensive mistake by losing his position, but he can also be an extra man attacking other areas.

"With Swansea getting their act together, Huddersfield picking up vital points and a resurgent Brighton now unbeaten in seven games, Roy Hodgson's side have been dragged back into the relegation battle". He had an intention, and he knew when he should attack with direct football. So sometimes the victor is the one that deserves congrats but I have been many times on the losing side and sometimes I felt I did many things right and I think Roy did everything right.

"No team should be reliant on one player to ensure their Premier League survival but that is the case with Palace and Zaha".

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