Juan Mata: This is what Jose Mourinho said to inspire Man United’s 2-0 win at West Ham

The Manchester United midfielder lifts the lid on Jose Mourinho's half-time team talk that inspired 2-0 win at West Ham

Juan Mata has revealed that Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho urged his players to create a chance to score at half-time of their 2-0 victory over West Ham United on Tuesday night.

The Red Devils were handed the initiative in the first half after Sofiane Feghouli received a straight red card following a collision with England defender Phil Jones.

The visitors struggled to make the breakthrough despite their numerical advantage which prompted Mourinho to bring on Mata at half-time in search of a breakthrough goal.

Substitute Marcus Rashford went on to tee up Mata to make the breakthrough before Zlatan Ibrahimovic continued his impressive goal-scoring run with his 12th goal in 11 games.

The former Chelsea midfielder Mata lifted the lid on Mourinho’s words of encouragement at half-time which helped to inspire a sixth successive Premier League win.

“Just try to score,” Mata is quoted as saying by Metro.

“To create something. There was some spaces in between the defenders so I just tried to stay there to create chances for my team-mates and to try to score.

“The most important thing is that with the help of everything we were able to win today and to continue this good run of results.”

Mata moved to Manchester United in a £37.1m deal from Chelsea in the 2013 January transfer window.

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