United have had a stop-start season as they have failed to convince under former Chelsea boss Mourinho, but he believes he is finally getting his message across after watching his troops enjoy a spell of genuine dominance at Selhurst Park.
“It was very difficult but very deserved,” Mourinho told the BBC after the game.
“In the first half we were in control. In the second half they had a little reaction and got the bonus of the goal and then we went into our best period of the game.
“For 20 minutes we were almost unstoppable. Their goalkeeper made a magnificent save from Rooney’s shot, we had Mata’s goal, a penalty (appeal) and our goal. It was an amazing reaction and I am really pleased for the players.”
Asked about match winner Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mourinho added: “He did a phenomenal performance. After the goal to have the strength and spirit to go in front of the back four and defend.
“It was an amazing performance for a guy who is 35-years-old, scoring goals, being a leader, amazing.”