I will hold my hand up; when Marouane Fellaini conceded a last-minute penalty against Everton in December of previous year - after one of the stupidest challenges I have ever witnessed on Idrissa Gueye - I thought his Manchester United career was over.
"I was thinking in the latter stages of the game that probably Lukaku doesn't score in this game and I was thinking he [already] had a good performance and a good contribution for us".
"Of course it is nice for a striker to score, it is nice for him to equal the record of such a legend in the Premier League like Andy", Mourinho said to Sky Sports after the match.
But as Crystal Palace looked to be finding a foothold in the game, Manchester United scored the second goal after Ashley Young put in a sumptuous ball inside the box from the left flank, which Fellaini calmly slotted in to put the home side into a comfortable position going into the second half. United scored four times in a game for the sixth time in all competitions this season.
Mourinho also admits he was anxious about playing Palace following United's Champions League trip to CSKA Moscow on Wednesday.
United moved above neighbour Manchester City to the top of the standings on 19 points.
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Anthony Martial, who scored in the midweek Champions League victory over CSKA Moscow, is among Mourinho's options on the bench. "But the combination worked well, the players coming from the bench also helped and we deserved the victory that we need".
"The momentum is good and the players are happy and confident".
The sequence occurred just three minutes into the Premier League matchup and led to United's first goal early in the game. "He is scoring goals, his energy is fantastic - the way he works without the ball".
He opened the scoring with a clinical strike in the ninth minute and Ben Davies added Tottenham's second seven minutes later. While he doesn't go forward as frequently as Fellaini, Matic can be a bit more aggressive in stepping into passing lanes to win the ball as he realizes he has Fellaini there to back him up.
Japan defender Maya Yoshida equalised for Southampton with a blistering volley in the 75th minute, but Stoke substitute Crouch grabbed the 85th-minute victor.
However, Abdoulaye Doucoure gave Watford a lifeline in the 37th minute and Richarlison equalised in the closing seconds.
Bakary Sako drew a fine stop from the Spaniard with a shot at the near post, but Palace's lack of creativity in the first half remained a problem.