Some questioned whether the Special One was right to leave out Zlatan Ibrahimovic against the Blues – but United reaped the rewards.
Ander Herrera did a man-marking job on Eden Hazard before scoring himself in a 2-0 win.
Marcus Rashford, playing alongside Jesse Lingard up front, got the other.
While appearing on Match of the Day, Murphy said: “I was surprised. I thought it was very, very brave of Mourinho to go with the same tactics that he used at Stamford Bridge when ultimately they lost the game.
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“I agree with him that it was working in the first game.
“He didn’t see any reason to do anything different.
“The only thing he did differently was instead of Phil Jones, it was Herrera man-marking Hazard – and he was absolutely magnificent.
“Herrera’s discipline, when you man-mark someone, you can’t switch off for a second.
“If you do, and he scores, then you’ve not done your job.
“What I liked about him was he followed his runs, he matched him yard for yard and what he also did was contribute when they were in possession of the ball – and that’s very difficult to do.”
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