Jose Mourinho admitted Willian “killed” Manchester United before they came back to secure a 2-1 victory over Chelsea.
United beat the Blues on Sunday afternoon through goals by Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard.
But they were given an early fright when Willian finished a breakaway which he started back in his own penalty area to give Chelsea an early lead.
Willian continued his blistering run of form with the strike, taking his personal tally to four goals in his last three outings in all competitions.
Mourinho has hailed his United team for their response to the strike.
“We beat a fantastic team, they were the champions last season, and they played well against Barcelona (in their midweek Champions League match), and they started the game very well,” he said.
“So we beat a very good team, we had to be organised, everybody had to follow the game plan and have spirit.”
“They started very well and when they hit the post, I was looking at my players, but it was such a lovely move, we couldn’t stop it,” he added.
“But we found a way to play against them, and we had a good control of Eden Hazard. Willian is an amazing player and he killed us with the goal. But we had more control of the game than them, without creating lots of chances.”
Meanwhile, Mourinho has heaped praise on midfield prodigy Scott McTominay for his performance against Chelsea.
He said: “Scott is a fantastic player, a player that is a modern midfield player, he can do everything. The only thing he’s not doing yet is scoring goals, which he can, the only reason he isn’t is because of the job I am giving him.
“I think in the future he can, we saw that in pre-season, but I am very happy with him today.
“Nemanja Matic also played very well in midfield, and the defenders too, and Alexis Sanchez made a huge effort too. In the second half we were more confident, I think if anyone deserved the win, it was us.”