Jose Mourinho blames 'sloppy' Man United forwards for Anderlecht draw

Jose Mourinho called out his attacking players for failing to make the most of Manchester United's superiority as Anderlecht secured a late 1-1 draw in the Europa League on Thursday. The result should be much better and we can only blame ourselves. Lots of chances that you don't transform because of a bad decision, bad control, a sloppy touch or a flick.

"If I was a Manchester United defender I'd be very upset with the attacking players because they have to kill the game and they didn't", Mourinho fumed.

And despite a late equaliser from Leander Dendoncker, boss Jose Mourinho will be confident his side can finish the job on Thursday at Old Trafford, where they have won every Europa League game this season.

Manchester United next face Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday.

The last three league meetings between the sides at Old Trafford have all ended in draws.

He added: "It's not just about the chances we missed, because we didn't miss so many. We had chances, control, but we don't score goals; we risk", he told BT Sport.

May's Stockholm final is beginning to come into sight after a long, arduous campaign that has undoubtedly taken a toll on Manchester United's Premier League ambitions.

"Hope no more injuries, no more suspensions and hoping the players keep showing fantastic character to keep going and going".

"Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Anthony I think they were very similar [not doing enough]", the Portuguese said.

This season we've been our own worst enemy and tonight's result is indicative of that. If I was scoring the goals that hit the crossbar, I don't think people would speak like this.

"It's nice he's playing in England now because we can see each other more often".

"This is arguably our toughest fixture on paper and, with Spurs avoiding the usual end of season blip to date, the pressure is on us to keep winning".

"Honestly, I have a special feeling with the Europa League, it's a competition we can win". We were too comfortable.

The hosts had the first chance of the game despite United monopolising possession, with winger Frank Acheampong flashing a cross-shot which eluded his teammates before flashing wide of Sergio Romero' post.

"Another time one-touch not two-touch".

  • Julie Sanders