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How shrewd Mourinho has put us back in contention: Matic

Nemanja Matic believes Manchester United are back in the title mix after a win masterminded by Jose Mourinho - a manager he says has been unperturbed by mounting pressure and remains one of the world's best.

United could ill afford the pressure to ratchet up any higher after back-to-back defeats against Brighton and Tottenham.

Last Monday's 3-0 loss to Spurs was the biggest home defeat of Mourinho's managerial career, with eyebrows raised further by the United manager's press conference antics.

But Matic knows there is a method to such bombast, helping take pressure away from his players ahead of a trip to Burnley they won 2-0 on Sunday.

"He was very confident before the game, he prepared the game in a very good way," the defensive midfielder said.

"I think this performance shows that how we need to play football and we still can compete for the title.

"He knows what he is doing (in press conferences). It's good for us also.

"He is one of the best managers in the world, you know what he has won in his career so that shows you everything."

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