Manchester United drew yet another home game at Old Trafford, with the Red Devils scoring late against Everton to make it 1-1. Our results at the Theatre of Dreams just have not been good enough, and that will be a real concern for the manager.
The self-proclaimed Special One must be wondering what if, because we’ve now dropped over twenty points in our home fixtures so far, including just the one loss and a huge nine draws.
After the latest dropped points, Mourinho has been speaking to the media. Although he tried to remain positive by stating that 20 matches unbeaten is really good, he went on to discuss why more of those haven’t been victories.
Our Portuguese manager highlighted a lack of goals as being the issue, then singled out attacking players like Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba.
“20 matches unbeaten is amazing,” Sports Keeda quote the manager as saying.
“I would sign immediately for that next year because in the modern Premier League it is really, really difficult to do – but we need to score goals to win matches.”
“We don’t score enough goals, it is as simple as that.”
“The pragmatism is – how many goals have (Marcus) Rashford, (Jesse) Lingard, (Henrikh) Mkhitaryan, (Ander) Herrera, (Paul) Pogba scored? How many goals from these attacking players? Not enough.”
You have to say that the gaffer is completely fair in what he is saying. Outside of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, our goals output from others just has not been good enough. Juan Mata has chipped in with a few strikes here and there, as did Paul Pogba at the start of the season.
Since then, though, we’ve become so reliant on the 35-year-old Ibrahimovic, and that was evident in the drab 0-0 draw against WBA at the weekend. We really need to find more of a goals output from elsewhere, and I’m just not quite sure how Mourinho will manage to do that without investing in the squad.