Zlatan Rescues A Point For Man Utd

Ronald Koeman accepted it hurt to see Everton concede a late leveller at Old Trafford on Tuesday but said he was happy overall with a 1-1 draw against Manchester United.

In fact, Southampton, Sunderland and Middlesbrough all have worse shot conversion rates than United, who have managed more shots on goal than any other Premier League side bar Tottenham Hotspur this season, but Tuesday night's struggle for a breakthrough proved how tough securing a top four place will be for the team.

At times, United's play was chaotic and untidy, and they resorted to long balls by the end as Marouane Fellaini went up front alongside Ibrahimovic.

Everton, infinitely better in this game from their rather disappointing performance against Liverpool, had taken the lead in the first half through Phil Jagielka, but a win was snatched away from them at the last.

United's best chance of the half came early on, when Zlatan Ibrahimovic took advantage of a Mason Holgate error to run through on goal. Ibrahimovic also had an equaliser disallowed, deemed offside when he converted Herrera's cross.

It is now 20 Premier League games unbeaten for Mourinho's side, of which half have been draws. "We need the kids to grow up".

"They [the United players] fought until the last second and with the VAR we win this game 2-1 because it is not office. In the end, we got a goal but, yes, it's not enough". Mourinho sent on Paul Pogba at half-time, and the world's costliest player hit the bar, just as Ander Herrera had done before the break.

Jose Mourinho has developed something of a reputation over the years.

Nonetheless, United didn't deserve the three points after another shapeless performance in which they dominated possession - 61.5 per cent - but managed only three shots on target.

Football, in spite of being the most played game on the earth, remains miles behind other sports when it comes to technology: rugby, cricket, American football and tennis have all benefitted from the implementation of video technology over the last decade or so; why must the lovely game lag behind?

Mourinho was again critical of Luke Shaw. He played a role in the equalizer but Mourinho renewed his public criticism of the defender, saying he was "thinking for him" and "making every decision for him".

"We need at this level the fantastic body he has to play football, the fantastic physical qualities he has, the very good technical ability he has - but he can not play with my understanding of the game".

Koeman said: "I'm pleased".

"[Shaw] has lots of potential, but the football brain and the professional brain has to be with the talent", Mourinho said.

  • Julie Sanders