"We can use the confidence of this game to push us through the next games - and our focus is on the next game in the Champions League".
Should Mourinho end the season without silverware the justification of his methods will necessarily lose force, especially when set against Manchester City, who, under Pep Guardiola, are proof that winning ugly really is not the most effective way to win the league in this phase of football's evolution.
Had Alexis Sanchez made a better fist of things in the No 10 role, United might have had even more to show for their solid midfield and defensive foundations, in which the return of centre-half Eric Bailly helped to draw outstanding performances from Chris Smalling and Ashley Young.
The two-goal hero was substituted by Mourinho midway through the second half, which brought audible boos from home supporters. But we can not wish and say, "come on, give us second place".
Patrick van Aanholt got his side back in the match in stoppage time, but it was too little too late for Palace as Chelsea held out for a first win in four in all competitions. Sometimes the media, the fans, you are not at the training ground, you don't see what goes on; how well they train, the mood, the feeling.
We don't ignore the goals we conceded, but if you ignore them for a second you would say, "OK, that's how you have to play".
Matic's praise for McTominay certainly resonated in light of Pogba's struggles.
"He keeps in contact with us and let us know where we are at".
"If he has one or two not good games, he puts him out. We didn't defend the counter-attack so good when they had their moments". You have to take it into the game - and it worked.
Yet, had it not been for an impact injury suffered by Paul Pogba in what Mourinho described as "the final minute" of training on Friday, there was every chance Rashford would have been sidelined once more.
Describing his first goal, Rashford said: "I think my first touch was actually a bad touch, I couldn't finish in my stride".
"In the situations around the two goals, it was not like it should be - you can not leave a player alone".
Klopp said he was pleased with his side's reaction after they were 2-0 behind after only 24 minutes. I think we would've deserved a draw, that's a fact, but we don't have it so it's not important.