Mourinho out to improve United's attack as Ibrahimovic fires warning on future

Ronald Koeman hailed Everton's defensive performance despite conceding a "painful" equaliser against Manchester United.

By that stage, Everton appeared to have seen off an aerial bombardment - with former Goodison Park favourite Marouane Fellaini to the fore - and Mourinho was frank about the reasons for United's change of style during the second period.

"I tell you this because I told him already".

Koeman said: "I'm pleased".

"One decision went against us and the opponent was ultra-defensive as always, but we didn't play very well".

"We had to do it from the attitude point of view".

"It was deja vu in many things, but I have to admit we played better football than in some other matches".

It is not the first time this season Mkhitaryan has faced criticism from the manager.

Shaw has started just seven Premier League games and has come off the bench in two this season.

Mourinho will be desperate to hold onto Ibrahimovic, who has bailed him out of a number of situations since joining from Paris Saint-Germain last summer.

"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". But the kid is phenomenal, an fantastic professional.

"Because he was in front of me and I was making every decision for him".

Manchester United may be in the midst of a lengthy unbeaten run in the Premier League - but that's not to say their form is impressive.

"I would have thought the boy's attitude has to be right - he's a baby, he's still learning the game at one of the biggest clubs in the world". "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. "But you get more time and you have more ball possession". "Okay, if you can't win then don't lose".

"I stick with the numbers and them numbers are the numbers".

"It is an awesome run of 20 matches unbeaten, but too many draws at home".

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

The striker said before kick-off that he and the club are "still in talks" about signing a new deal for next season and they are indebted to the Swede for his 27 goals this term, many of which have been on important occasions.

He has enjoyed an impressive first season in England from a personal perspective, scoring 26 goals in all competitions, but United are underperforming as a team. Did we have chances? Yes.

  • Julie Sanders