Manchester United Football Club made it ten home Premier League draws on the season today, with more needless points thrown away against Swansea City. It’s definitely becoming a recurring theme and one that we must snap out of next campaign.
In eighteen league games so far, we’ve won just seven and lost one, and if you aspire to win titles and finish in the top four, you simply cannot afford results like that.
Alright, at this point in time it’s pretty obvious that some of our players are absolutely dead on their feet due to the injuries mounting up and the sheer amount of games we’ve been playing.
That didn’t stop Jose Mourinho in his praise for a couple of Red Devils, however, as he praised their fitness levels, claiming they looked ‘fresher’ and ‘sharper’ than everyone else.
“It was easy to see Ashley Young and Jesse Lingard were above the others in terms of freshness and sharpness and it was easy to see other players were in trouble but we don’t have others.” Jose Mourinho said, as per the Manchester Evening News.
“The team in the second half was our best period because we had control, we had chances to score the goal, relax and probably kill the game, and then they score a beautiful free kick, we lose two points, but I am very happy with the players. I am very happy with them.”
This is high praise indeed and it can only be good for their morale. It’s also a probably good indicator that these guys will be in the running to start in our Europa League game on Thursday evening; allowing others a much-needed break.
For me, Jesse Lingard has been particularly impressive recently. He just quietly goes about his business, makes those excellent runs and always puts a shift in for the team. He’s a typical Mourinho player and you can see exactly why our manager absolutely loves the Englishman.
Credit has to go to Young as well. He wasn’t really in the team for the early part of the season, but due to his versatility and hard work, the winger has played his way into the mix and has now become a Manchester United regular.