Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Defensive Duo Key to Victory over Chelsea Says Jose

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Defensive Duo Key to Victory over Chelsea Says Jose

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JOSE Mourinho believes United defenders Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo merited 'special mention' for their performances in the win over Chelsea.

The pair started their fifth successive game together in central defence and impressively shackled Diego Costa as the Reds produced possibly their finest performance of the campaign.

Mourinho has had to rely on Bailly and Rojo after Chris Smalling and Phil Jones succumbed to injury yet again last month, and he marvelled at the centre halves' durability.

"I think everyone did what they had to do," Mourinho said.

"Everybody fought really hard.

Bailly and Rojo, I think they deserve a special mention because they have played in absolutely every game, non-stop, since the injuries of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.

"But I am really happy with the team and the results, because the Manchester City and Liverpool results on Saturday left us in the position of needing to win. …

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