Mourinho: United too reliant on Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic marked his return from suspension with a 94th-minute penalty to earn Manchester United a 1-1 draw against Everton at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Luke Shaw has pledged to give everything to stay at Manchester United and take the club he loves back to the top, with the under-fire left-back vowing to "fight to the last" under Jose Mourinho.

Ten of those games have been draws, though, and United is still struggling to bridge that gap to the top four where Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City reside.

"The good thing was the spirit of the second half, following a first half that was not good at all".

It means that in April, United has eight games - one every three or four days - and Mourinho has already suggested he might start prioritizing his key players for the Europa League if his side's league performances don't start improving.

"They kept going and kept going and obviously gave us that goal to give us the point". "You don't need so much confidence when you play that way, it's less creative and more mechanical".

It was just his second Premier League appearance since October previous year.

"It's easy to see in the kid. We hope so", Mourinho said.

"It is not a surprise for me... the second year after the first one". "He is an incredible professional and the only thing he deserves from me is support".

The worry for United is that the Swede himself may be beginning to wonder about all the under-achievement going on around him as he ponders whether he wants to extend his contract at Old Trafford next season.

If results go against United on Wednesday, they could enter the weekend in sixth place and as many as seven points off a Champions League berth.

"But it's an unbelievable unbeaten run we've had (of 20 league games) but too many draws at home (nine in the league) and that's why we are in the position we are".

"You know I think he has lots of potential but the football brain and the professional brain also has to be with the talent", Mourinho told BT Sport after the game.

"So many times I was criticised for that".

"If you want to win bigger then you have to create bigger. We are 20 matches unbeaten in the Premier League - it is not enough because we don't win enough matches".

He added: "We don't score enough goals, it is as simple as that".

The Toffees made the Red Devils pay for their profligacy, with Phil Jagielka scoring a goal most strikers would have been proud of in the 22nd minute. Herrera is no No. 10 - to be fair, he's a better No. 10 than right-back - but Mourinho was making a point to Mkhitaryan by dropping the Armenian after his unimpressive performance in Saturday's goalless draw against West Bromwich Albion. "We have chances and we need to score goals".

  • Julie Sanders