It was a goal of such quality that perhaps it deserved to decide any match but despite Ronaldo's 65th minute volley, his new side came undone by his old one with two goals in the last five minutes securing Manchester United's most famous Champions League away win of the post-Ferguson era.
'I don't know how long ago they lost a game here in the stadium so it's a good result, but also we have to recognise after the first goal we conceded too much'.
Those watching in the ground debated whether it would be Ashley Young or Juan Mata to take the important set-piece, following by moments of euphoria after the latter produced a trademark pearler to tie the score.
"I think Manchester United players need to have the personality to cope with that".
The 55-year-old added of the picking up a vital three points against the Serie A champions, "We performed at a high level".
"Manchester United did nothing to win the game". Mourinho's team are enjoying a fine week, having won at Bournemouth and Juventus, while last month they drew at Chelsea after leading until the closing moments.
However, despite Cristiano Ronaldo's 65th-minute volley, United grabbed a memorable late victory thanks to Juan Mata's free-kick and an own goal from Alex Sandro, with Pogba's presence near the goal contributing to the victor.
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Instead they must now wait for the remaining games against Valencia and Young Boys to seal their passage to the next round.
The win took United to seven points, two behind their hosts but crucially, two ahead of Valencia, with two matches left.
Fellaini came on for the final ten minutes and Mourinho hailed the midfielder as United's gamechanger.
"And even if the good results were not in our pockets the performances were there, the positive attitude was there so we are going to try but Manchester City are a very powerful team".
'It's true that they are the favourites because they are in unbelievable form, but this is Manchester United and you never know what can happen.
I just made a little thing.
"So I tried to do what I do in training a lot of times, practicing, practicing".