José Mourinho criticises Manchester United's finishing after Everton draw
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 08, 2017,
Apr 08, 2017, 3:43
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores from the penalty spot, against Everton during their English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Tuesday April 4, 2017.
Burnley moved up to 11th place, and eight points above the relegation zone, thanks to George Boyd's 58th-minute goal at Turf Moor.
Mourinho's men are unbeaten in their last 20 league games, but he has no doubt they are not scoring enough goals. "It is an wonderful run of 20 matches unbeaten but too many draws at home".
"I was really confident in our defending, but (we needed to be) a little bit more clever maybe in the final pass because we got a lot of space". How many goals from the attacking players? "How many goals have Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba scored?" "You don't need so much confidence when you play that way, it's less creative and more mechanical".
Mourinho also singled out his favourite scapegoat, Luke Shaw, for criticism, despite the full-back coming off the bench to set up the equaliser.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said full back Luke Shaw used "his body with my brain" during his side's 1-1 draw with Everton on Tuesday and has urged the England global to develop a better understanding of the game.
"I was thinking for him and leading his performance".
He had a good performance but it was his body with my brain. I would say mathematically possible (to make the top four) but now we depend on our opponents.
"We need to keep focus, we can not afford these mistakes, especially now in the end [of the season] because it's very important points especially when the table is like it is". I must help him, I must try to accelerate the process again because this is Manchester United.
"Twenty-one years old is old enough to have a better understanding of the game - but his contribution was good". It could be something as simple as a formation change or a new signing that pushes United around the corner, but it feels as if this side still needs to undergo something of a closely monitored psychological transition before fully integrating under this current system.
"One point or zero points, it's not a huge difference", said a glum-looking Jose Mourinho, United's manager. "I thought it was goal because I came from the right side of the defender when he played back and I thought it was a goal, " he said.