Jose Mourinho urges recalled Luke Shaw to develop football brain

Zlatan Ibrahimovic stroked home a stoppage-time penalty - his 27th goal of the season - to cancel out Phil Jagielka's inventive close-range strike which had Everton on course for just their second win in 24 league visits to Old Trafford.

But it was their ninth home draw of the campaign and left them four points adrift of Manchester City, who occupy the fourth and final Champions League qualifying berth. Jose Mourinho's side, whose form has been so underwhelming recently at their "Theatre of Dreams", were facing the end of their 19-match unbeaten streak in the league as luck had earlier deserted them. Liverpool and Chelsea can turn to the magic of Philippe Coutinho and Eden Hazard to produce a killer pass or goal out of nothing, but United are flat-footed and over-reliant on Ibrahimovic, a 35-year-old whose lack of pace contributes to their predictability. Zlatan Ibrahimović put a header into the back of the net that was probably erroneously ruled out for offside.

United manager Mourinho welcomed top scorer Ibrahimovic and Ander Herrera back from suspension, while Paul Pogba returned to the bench following a hamstring injury.

"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. He was in front of me and I was making every decision for him", Mourinho told reporters.

"When the confidence levels are not high, the quality of performance is not easy to improve", Mourinho said.

"I would sign immediately for that next year because in the modern Premier League it is really, really hard to do - but we need to score goals to win matches". "Leicester have found some form but we need to get back to winning ways".

"I thought it was a goal as I came from behind, on the right side of the defender when he played back, and I thought it was a goal but I can not say if it was offside or not".

"Did one decision go against us?"

Footage was published by a British newspaper website this week, showing Moyes telling a female reporter that she might "get a "slap, even though you're a woman" following an interview with the BBC after a game. He must accelerate the process because he is 21 years old and that is old enough to have a better understanding of the game", the Portuguese manager explained.

So United sit in fifth spot, although Arsenal will go above the Reds with victory over West Ham United on Wednesday, and the focus must turn to getting a much-needed victory at basement side Sunderland this weekend.

  • Julie Sanders


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