Jose Mourinho reserved special praise for Luke Shaw after Manchester United secured their place as Champions League Group A winners with a 2-1 win over Spartak Moscow.
Goals from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford helped United come from behind to claim victory and ensure they ease through to the knockout rounds as group leaders.
“I’m really happy because we don’t want to qualify with a defeat,” Mourinho said after United made the last 16 for the first time since 2013-14.
“We don’t want to qualify with a bad performance so the objective was to qualify playing well and to get at least a positive result.
“I think we did that very, very well. The performance was good, the attitude was good.”
Mourinho also notably had kind words for Shaw.
The 22-year-old has been criticised by the United boss and restricted to just two substitute appearances this season, yet the left-back produced a man-of-the-match display on his first start for 219 days.
“Very, very positive performance, especially with the ball going forward,” he said of Shaw.
“Really dangerous, creating a lot, great intensity in his game.
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“No surprise that in minute 80 he is feeling the consequences of that intensity (by suffering cramp).
“It is normal, the first match of the season for him, but he was deserving of that opportunity for quite a long time.
“And he’s going to get more because the performance was really positive.”