Jose Mourinho explains why he was frustrated watching Man United against Stoke

by Leo Nieboer


Jose Mourinho has revealed his frustration following Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Stoke City in the Premier League.

The visitors took complete control of the game after going behind in the 19th minute, spurning a catalogue of chances as the game went on, with Juan Mata missing an open goal and Jesse Lingard rattling the woodwork.

Man United finally grabbed the goal they deserved through a magnificent Wayne Rooney free-kick during the dying moments of the game.

But the 53-year-old, speaking after the game, was visibly frustrated with his side’s inability to convert their domination into goals at the Britannia Stadium.

“You are on the bench, you see your team missing chances, scoring in our own goal and missing an open goal,” he said. “You miss more chances and the goalkeeper saves and the ball goes on to the post.”

United fans will know that their side, under Mourinho, are displaying more attacking verve and innovation than anything mustered during the three years under either David Moyes or Louis van Gaal.

They were simply relentless against Stoke, launching a steady stream of dynamic, unpredictable attacks all afternoon, with the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba displaying the kind of verve supporters witnessed frequently under Sir Alex Ferguson.

But United fans will also know that this side, whilst unavoidably threatening, struggles to convert chances on an all too regular basis. The visitors had 25 shots on goal and even more moments that could have – with the right execution – led to a clear sight of goal, but the overall temperament when roaming into the final third was dramatically substandard.

This is an area that Mourinho, mindful of the gap between United and the top three, will want to ruthlessly address back at Carrington over the next week.

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