Manchester United played out a rather boring 0-0 draw at Old Trafford yesterday, with the Red Devils being held by a resilient West Bromwich Albion side, managed excellently by Tony Pulis. The game itself was one Mourinho’s men dominated, but they didn’t create enough.
With just three shots on target, two of which were long-distance efforts, it was a real frustrating day at the office. The draw made it nineteen points dropped at Old Trafford this season, which in itself must be a colossal concern to the manager.
His players just haven’t been able to break through the opposing defences, and what made it even worse was the absence of our 26-goal hero Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Thankfully, he’ll be back on Wednesday.
However, that didn’t stop Jose Mourinho acting rather angrily towards the reporter who interviewed him after the game. The gaffer was asked about why he was smiling with Pulis after the match, before the reporter suggested the sides cancelled each other out and a draw was a fair result.
“Jose, we saw you smiling with Tony Pulis at the end, did you cancel each other out at the end?” The reporter asked.
Jose replied to the BBC, as per the Independent: “You think so?” You think so really? You think that’s a question?”
“I’m smiling because he’s my friend,” said Mourinho. “I was not speaking about the game. You think the game was like that?
“I can smile if I lose, if I win, if I draw. You are asking a question about the game and you think the game is like what you are saying?”
“I’m sorry to say but it’s a silly question.” The United gaffer finished by saying.
It’s clear to see that Mourinho thought Manchester United were in the driver’s seat, and that is definitely fair to say. The home side had 75% of the ball, but couldn’t create an awful lot with it. That’ll definitely have upset the manager as he needs his players to find that all-important goal, but far too many times it hasn’t happened this season.
I’ll always back Mourinho fully, but today, I don’t think I can. We didn’t work the opposing goalkeeper anywhere near enough, and the question from the reporter seems perfectly justified to me.