Mourinho cannot answer question about defensive panic

Date published: Wednesday 5th December 2018 10:52

Jose Mourinho TEAMtalk

Jose Mourinho said he had no answers to why his Manchester United side looked panicked in defence on Wednesday night.

United’s winless Premier League run was extended to four games after an exciting 2-2 draw with Arsenal at Old Trafford.

Shkodran Mustafi headed Arsenal in front midway through the first period, but Anthony Martial equalised four minutes later from close range following a free-kick.

United, who looked nervy at the back all night, then fell behind after Marcos Rojo and Alexandre Lacazette went for the same ball to send it past David De Gea. But United again hit back quickly when Jesse Lingard stole in to level following a defensive mix-up.

Mourinho told BBC Sport: “We scored four goals and drew 2-2! As always we made mistakes and we paid for the mistakes.

“Today was more of the same, but with great spirit and people ready to have a go and fight hard, it was a credit to the team.

“They went to the limit and were really tired. Some of them had not played all season, Chris Smalling playing in very difficult condition, but Arsenal were only dangerous when we lost the ball in bad areas.

“This is a performance of big soul and heart, Rashford, just to give a name, gave everything for the shirt. But even from our bench you could feel the little panic when the ball comes to our defensive third.”

Asked how he could fix that panic, Mourinho added: “I cannot answer that. I am Manchester United manager and I cannot answer that.

“We always have the first chance of the match. But how many times do we score and build from that? It is very, very rare. But I am happy with the boys.

“The spirit was Manchester United level but we miss certain qualities.

“I have to disagree with people who try to compare this to teams of Roy Keane, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Nemanja Vidic, give us a break and time. I am happy with the soul and heart, but we are not consistent and uniform.

“When we are in control was the moment that we scored the second goal for Arsenal.”


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