Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho compared Huddersfield Town’s defence to the “Berlin wall” on Saturday after the Red Devils’ 2-0 victory.
United had to wait until the 55th-minute to take the lead against the Terriers through Romelu Lukaku before Alexis Sanchez converted a penalty at the second attempt to double their lead on 68 minutes.
And, despite admitting Huddersfield were tough to break down, Mourinho claims he was never worried as his side were “totally in control”.
“We always had control of the game, but at half time it was 0-0,” said Mourinho. “I guess we had around 85% possession in the first half but it was not enough. We kept doing the same in the second and even at 1-0 we were totally in control. Our defensive line as far from the danger areas.
“We had to be patient but had to keep the intensity high and the pressure. We had to break down the Berlin wall organised so well by David Wagner.
“It was nice for Alexis Sanchez to win a match, the first at home. Nice for him to play well and show the desire and happiness in playing football. That is most important. It was not the goal of his dreams, but it is a goal.
“It is important for the bad reasons (Munich air disaster) but the memories stay. The club looks at the date and event as a key moment in the history of the club. It is nice to do that playing at home and winning.”