José Mourinho insisted he was “not underneath siege” however was nonetheless left annoyed by Manchester United’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal at Outdated Trafford, saying his staff had but once more been their very own worst enemies.
The supervisor had gone into the sport underneath strain following their tame 2-2 draw at Southampton and the opening up of an eight-point hole with Arsenal for the ultimate Champions League place. It’s now 4 league video games with no win for United, however Mourinho was defiant when he was requested about that file on Tuesday night time.
“No, not underneath siege, by no means,” he mentioned. “I really feel that may be a second the place we play in opposition to the staff that’s on the high of their season, a second the place every thing goes effectively for them – clearly a staff on a excessive in opposition to a staff with so many issues and the highest of those issues throughout soccer matches [is] we [virtually] shoot ourselves.
“In the present day we had an excellent begin. Within the second half Arsenal was attempting to cease the sport, get one damage right here and there. They had been attempting to scale back the depth of the sport, we rating the second objective for them after which it’s once more 2-1. However the actuality is within the final 4 matches we didn’t lose however had unhealthy outcomes other than Younger Boys [won 1-0 in injury time]. The three attracts had been three unhealthy outcomes and earlier than that we misplaced in opposition to Manchester Metropolis.”
Arsenal’s opener was as a result of a David De Gea howler that allowed Shkodran Mustafi’s weak 26th-minute header by means of. Anthony Martial equalised on the half hour earlier than Alexandre Lacazette restored the guests’ lead, the objective coming after Marcos Rojo allowed Henrikh Mkhitaryan to steal possession.
Mourinho praised the “soul” of his facet however hinted his gamers lack the requisite high quality. “The boys left their soul, they left what they’ve. When generally folks communicate concerning the high quality …” he mentioned, earlier than trailing off.
Requested about their dedication, the supervisor added: “It’s a optimistic signal however there are issues that I can not get from them, and I can not say far more than this. However massive soul, everyone provides every thing. That’s for positive and that may be a optimistic feeling.
“I can not let you know far more. I desire simply to say that I’m proud of the soul, the dedication, the bravery. I’m actually proud of that. Our drawback is [we need] a efficiency like this with out the errors we made.”
Mourinho mentioned Anthony Martial had limped off as a precaution within the second half whereas Unai Emery, the supervisor’s Arsenal counterpart, mentioned the issue that pressured Rob Holding off earlier than the interval was “a giant damage – his knee”. Aaron Ramsey, who was additionally substituted, had a minor ankle damage.