“As you know, a win against Liverpool is always special. It was a good game, we tried to take the initiative from the beginning and, although we didn’t create good chances in the first 45 minutes, we played almost all the time in Liverpool’s half of the pitch.

“Soon after the break, we were able to score and, from that moment, we increased the pace to get the three points. The first goal came after a set-piece move. In this kind of game, it can make the difference. That’s why we work on those plays during the week.

“This time, it went well and Daley [Blind]’s great goal unblocked the game. The explosion in Old Trafford was something very special, not easy to describe with words…

“We were then closer to get the three points and, despite [Christian] Benteke’s amazing goal, Ander [Herrera] and [Anthony] Martial scored for us to seal the victory. It was a very important date in our calendar and I’m very pleased that our fans went home feeling happy.

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“Overall, it was an important win for many reasons: we were able to overcome Rooney’s absence, our new team-mate Martial scored his first goal, De Gea received a warm ovation from the fans.

“I think it was one of those perfect days, and I hope we can enjoy many more in Old Trafford this season. I’m very happy for Anthony, it’s a dream debut and I’m sure this is going to be the first goal of many.

“Looking ahead to Tuesday’s Champions League tie, in the club, we’re all very excited about this competition and we know how important a positive start would be. PSV is an historic team in European football, although they haven’t participated in the group stage in the last few years.

“I remember watching [Philip] Cocu, the manager, when he was a player. He’s doing a good job: they haven’t been defeated so far this season. It’s going to be a very special game for Memphis [Depay], it reminds me of my visit to Valencia with Chelsea a few months after my arrival in England.”