Mourinho unhappy with Man United’s lack of killer instinct

Date published: Thursday 13th April 2017 10:57

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Jose Mourinho lamented his side’s missed chances as Manchester United surrendered a lead to draw 1-1 with Anderlecht in their Europa League quarter-final first leg.

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“We have to kill matches. We have chances, we have control, we don’t score goals – we risk,” the Portuguese said.

“(We have) lots of space to play, lots of space to kill. Lots of chances that you don’t transform because of a bad decision, bad control, a sloppy touch or a flick.

“Very bad decisions in the last third and then a team with a good organisation defensively, very compact. But then one chance or one mistake and you get punished.

“I think you have to play more seriously. You put all together a performance of two or three or four of our attacking players and you squeeze not much juice out of it.

“The people behind are very solid and focussed. If I were one of my defenders I would be very disappointed because they had serious work and the people who had to kill the game didn’t.”

When asked if he was impressed with the performance of 19-year-old striker Marcus Rashford, who was arguably the Red Devils’ greatest threat going forward, Mourinho said: “The same as the others. Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Anthony Martial – I think they were very similar (in not killing the game off).”

Manchester United next face Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday.

Mourinho’s side are currently fifth in the standings – in the Europa League spot – and are four points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City.

He said: “We are fifth in the league and have mathematically chances to improve our position and while it’s mathematically possible we will try.”

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