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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 25 June 2018

Manchester United a 'happy camp', insists Mourinho as Sanchez prepares to make league debut against Tottenham

Five wins in all competitions since the start of the year bode well ahead of Premier League clash with Spurs.

Alexis Sanchez shakes hands with Jose Mourinho after his debut for Manchester United in the FA Cup on Friday. Paul Childs / Reuters
Alexis Sanchez shakes hands with Jose Mourinho after his debut for Manchester United in the FA Cup on Friday. Paul Childs / Reuters

Jose Mourinho said Manchester United, buoyed by the signing of Alexis Sanchez, are a "happy camp" after returning to winning ways following a disappointing run of results in December.

After ending 2017 with three successive draws, Mourinho's side, second in the Premier League, have won all five of their games since the turn of the year.

Sanchez is set to make his first Premier League appearance for United against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Wednesday after his debut for the club in the FA Cup on Friday.

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"We have managed to win every match in January, I think three Premier League matches and two cup matches, so five victories makes a happy camp," Mourinho told MUTV, the club's in-house TV station.

"We are playing with a good balance. It is not easy to not concede goals because of the high quality of football in this country but scoring goals and winning matches is very important because we need points. We are playing well and we deserved these results."

Spurs are eight points behind United and are facing a fight to get back into the top four, but Mourinho has no doubts about the quality of Mauricio Pochettino's side, who were runners-up last season.

"Spurs are one of the top teams in the country - not a title contender because they are too far away, but I say honestly they are a Champions League contender," the Portuguese said. "They can reach that level.

"They have some of the best players in the country, a very good manager and are a very difficult opponent."