Jose Mourinho says Man Utd draw too many games for their attacking style
By Gerard Brand
Last Updated: 21/01/17 8:36pm
Jose Mourinho says Manchester United are picking up too many draws considering the attacking football they produce.
After Juan Mata's own goal, Wayne Rooney scored a record-breaking equaliser in the 94th minute at Stoke to grab United a point on Saturday, despite Mourinho's side having several opportunities earlier in the game.
While they are unbeaten in 17 games, United have now drawn eight times in the Premier League this season - the joint-highest alongside Middlesbrough - and Mourinho seemed disappointed not to have taken all three points.
He told Sky Sports: "We did everything well except in front of our target, we kept missing chances, we could score goals in the first or second half, we hit the post, goalkeeper saves, we don't score.
"We have another draw, we have too many draws for the attacking football we produce. Opposition goalkeepers are always phenomenal against us, but we missed chances, too many, and some of them to easy.
"I think the team was playing well, pushing, and I was trying to put different people in attack with different qualities. We tried to win.
"I think if you score early and have more time to play then maybe we win but we have just ourselves to blame because you have to score goals, and we miss too many easy chances, and on top of that we scored in our own goal.
"So a game we did everything to win, when we miss that many chances, we have to blame ourselves."
Stoke took the game to United early on, opening the scoring through Mata's own goal in the 19th minute, before dropping off and allowing United the majority of possession at the bet365 Stadium.
Despite insisting Stoke were not trying to score after the 25th minute, Mourinho did praise the hosts for their resilience in defence.
"I think was a big game, a big game with two teams in the beginning trying to win, but after 25 minutes one team trying to win and the other one trying to defend, which they did amazingly well," he added.
"They played with lots of aggression lots of people behind the ball, work rate amazing and lots of support from their crowd. So they did everything to try to stop us, which they were able to do."