"We played a fantastic game, to our top level, as we can not be any better than this", said Mourinho.
After United's 1-0 loss to Juventus at home two weeks ago, he responded to the goading of the Italian fans by holding up three fingers toward them, denoting the treble of titles - Champions League, Serie A and Italian Cup - he won with Inter in the 2009-10 season. Manchester United have had their problems this season but their surprise victory was the kind of performance you used to associate them with in the Champions League in terms of not playing very well but winning in the last five minutes.
Sanchez then should have done a lot better from a freekick, only managing to hit Ronaldo in the wall, before a quick counter attack saw Sami Khedira blast the ball into David De Gea's hands from 25 yards.
"I think Manchester United players need to have the personality to cope with that". Victor Lindelof and Ashley Young excelled in the United defence and stuck to their job - and, in Lindelof's case, Ronaldo.
Ronaldo is the all-time record scorer in the Champions League with 121 goals, but this was his first in the competition for Juventus - although he missed one match through suspension after his red card against Valencia. I know millions are happy with the win.
Pogba didn't excel, but he was well received at his former club on his return to Italy.
"The thing that is a massive eye-opener for me now is I remember when he first came his talent was arguably one of the biggest talents that we've seen at United for a long time; to have him and Wayne [Rooney] in the same team was awesome when you look back". I think Anthony Martial has been very important for them recently because he gives them the ability to get past players and supplies a finisher's touch up front.
Mourinho also claimed United have "one final to play" if they want to get through.
The 30-year-old's set pieces have beaten many a goalkeeper over the years.
Manchester United will now switch their focus back to Premier League affairs and their crunch clash at Manchester City on Sunday. "We played with that spirit and we scored two goals like this". Should have made it 3-1. If they can show the patience they did against Juventus then it could be a good day for his team. "Here [in Turin], we were lucky to win in the last minute, against Chelsea we were unlucky not to win in last minute", Mourinho added.