Carrick: Manchester United won't give up on top four

The result extended United's unbeaten run in the Premier League to 20 games but it was their ninth stalemate at home this season - the most in the top flight.

It was hardly a celebratory mood inside Old Trafford after the final whistle.

"But the spirt was good and the pride was there and the Manchester United way of fight was there".

"They were taking off attacking players and putting on defenders".

The boss is unhappy, the fans are unhappy and football punters are out of pocket as United have become costly coupon busters with their inability to finish off the Premier League's pushovers.

Champions Leicester are now 10th, a healthy nine points above the bottom three, after sinking Sunderland to record a fifth league win in a row.

Ander Herrera and substitute Paul Pogba may have struck the crossbar either side of halftime, but Everton caused problems and defended well after Phil Jagielka gave the visitors the lead in the 22nd minute from a corner. It was a freaky move, especially with Pogba performing dismally again. To play the way you like to play, you need what you have, creativity, dynamic. "We started playing in a way where we don't feel so much the lack of confidence of some of the boys, so we start playing more direct". They were inviting us to attack but they can do that because [Romelu] Lukaku is so powerful he can be unsafe. "21 years old is old enough to have a better understanding of the game". "But you get more time and you have more ball possession".

"He needs maturity and maturity comes with responsibility".

Characteristically, Mourinho believed the goal should have stood, saying: "We scored two legal goals but I tell you with a smile on my face because I am not upset with the linesman".

"More hard, very difficult", he said. "It is mathematically possible but depends on our opponents". Because of that we are in the position we are. "I think we controlled the game, maybe in the first 10-15 minutes United were the better team with one open chance for Ibrahimovic".

So will he now prioritise the Europa League over the Premier League? "We are close, but still we don't get the points that we need".

At the other end of the table, Sunderland moved closer to what seems nearly inevitable relegation, beaten 2-0 at Leicester City whose new manager Craig Shakespeare could celebrate a fifth successive league win since taking over from Claudio Ranieri.

  • Julie Sanders