Manchester United manager criticises toothless attack
Jose Mourinho unhappy after Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s penalty salvages a point against Everton on Tuesday night
April 5th, 2017
Six wins from sixteen matches at Old Trafford tells its own story, with Manchester United continually failing to put teams away at home and Everton were the latest team to leave with a point on Tuesday night.
The home side needed an injury-time penalty against the Toffees to land a draw, with Ashley Williams handballing a Luke Shaw shot on the line and getting a red card as well as conceding a spot kick.
For the most part, Everton were able to contain United after Phil Jagielka had given the Toffees the lead, with Jose Mourinho criticising his players for failing to create chances and score goals.
“It is obvious we do not score enough goals,” the United manager said. “We have the attacking players, we have the chances but we don’t convert enough. I think we are second in the table for attempts on goal but third from bottom for the ratio of chances accepted. That says it all. I would happily sign up now to go 20 matches unbeaten next season, but to win more games we need to score more goals.
“That disallowed goal was wrong but I am not unhappy with the linesman and I have told him so,” Mourinho said. “I accept it was a difficult decision, but even after that we had chances, we hit the post, put a free header over the bar, we tried everything.
“You don’t need so much confidence when you play that way, it’s less creative and more mechanical. We tried to take a short cut by sending Marouane Fellaini to play up next to Zlatan.”