Mourinho explains Man United's lacklustre second-half performance

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The Belgium global netted the opener after five minutes at Old Trafford and Alexis Sanchez doubled the hosts' lead midway through the first half of Saturday's clash.

United were immediately on the front foot and Lukaku brought up his milestone within five minutes as his deflected shot from 15 yards out flew past Lukasz Fabianski. It was his the second goal for United.

Manchester United return to Premier League action next weekend with a crunch clash against Manchester City.

Carvalhal said Manchester United deserved to win Saturday's game, and admitted they found it "difficult to control (Paul) Pogba and (Nemanja) Matic" in the first half.

"I think, first of all, credit to Carlos because he improved the team at half-time".

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"The first half was flawless - one of the best we've played here", Mourinho said.

The Belgian becomes the fifth youngest player in the Premier League era to reach 100 goals.

The 24-year-old was pleased with the team's performance against Swansea, especially with the energetic style in the first half.

"They (Swansea) didn't cross the halfway line, they didn't have one shot".

"Maybe one more goal and game over and the first half (would be) probably one of the best we played here".

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Manchester United scored a comfortable 2-0 win, but the Spaniard made his presence felt when his team required him the most.

Mourinho admits that things could not have gone much better for the Red Devils, with only a slight dip in the second half of a contest they won comfortably letting them down.

United's only realistic chance of silverware this season lies in the FA Cup, where they take on an in-form Tottenham Hotspur side in the semi-finals later this month.

"We want to finish second this year and have 10 points more than last season, more goals scored, less goals conceded, but there is a club (Manchester City) which is making it practically impossible to follow. We try to fight for the points all the time and let's see if we can achieve a kind of miracle".

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