Manchester United Football Club have been in a pretty poor spell of form recently, with Mourinho’s men stumbling to quite a few draws. The Red Devils have been struggling with a lack of goals output, particularly outside of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Yesterday’s game against Anderlecht was no different, and despite United taking the lead with a goal from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, we looked toothless putting that aside.
After the game, Mourinho simply couldn’t hold his frustrations in any longer, and to be honest you can hardly blame the boss. The self-proclaimed Special One had plenty of praise for the defenders who took to the field, but singled out Ibrahimovic, Rashford, Lingard and Martial – claiming they didn’t do enough.
“If I was a United defender I would be very upset with the attacking players because they have to kill the game and they didn’t. The result should be much better and we can only blame ourselves because we had an easy game to play in the second half and didn’t play in attack with that [killer] instinct.” Mourinho is quoted as saying by The Guardian
“We lost the ball easily too many times, we stopped our counter attacks because of sloppy touches, sloppy decisions. And then we gave them the opportunity to have some counter attacks and luckily our defenders were very much in the game and they resolved all these problems.”
“You have to play more seriously. We put all together the performance of two or three of our attacking players and you squeeze not much juice out of it and the people behind were not focused.”
“Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Anthony I think they were very similar [not doing enough],”
From a fans’ point of view, it really is frustrating to watch us at the moment. We should be scoring goals galore with the abundance of attacking talent we have and it’s just not clicking for us.
Whether that’s down to the manager’s tactics remains to be seen, but most likely, it’s just the fact that our strikers are just failing to hit the back of the net. Some of the onus must go to the midfielders, too, as it’s their job to create as many opportunities as possible.