Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was left frustrated at United’s 1-1 draw with Stoke City. While the headlines will be about Wayne Rooney passing Sir Bobby Charlton to become the club’s all-time leading scorer with his 250th goal with a free-kick in stoppage time, the Special One says United are picking up too many draws considering the attacking football they produce.
While they are unbeaten in 17 games, United have now drawn eight times in the Premier League this season – the joint-highest alongside Middlesbrough – and Mourinho was disappointed not to have taken all three points.
“Of course I am disappointed. Again I say many times, a draw is a good result when the opponent is better than you and a draw is a good result when you are being dominated [by the opponent] and in the end you manage to leave with that point.
“But when you are the team that chases the result, the team that creates the chances, the team that misses the chances and on top of that you score only an own goal, then obviously I cannot be happy with a point.”
“We did everything well except in front of our target, we kept missing chances, we could score goals in the first or second half, we hit the post, goalkeeper saves, we don’t score.
“We have another draw, we have too many draws for the attacking football we produce. Opposition goalkeepers are always phenomenal against us, but we missed chances, too many, and some of them to easy.
“I think the team was playing well, pushing, and I was trying to put different people in attack with different qualities. We tried to win.
“I think if you score early and have more time to play then maybe we win but we have just ourselves to blame because you have to score goals, and we miss too many easy chances, and on top of that we scored in our own goal.
“So a game we did everything to win, when we miss that many chances, we have to blame ourselves.”