Jose Mourinho: Manchester United players must work on consistency

by Tanveer Arayan


Jose Mourinho insists Manchester United players need to work on their consistency this season as they must learn to kill off teams.

Man United found their eighth draw in 15 Premier League home games this campaign in the 0-0 draw with West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

Even though they’ve now managed a 19 game unbeaten run in the league, it’s clear there is a lack of a killer instinct in front of goal which have cost the squad in their aims of a Champions League qualification.

Speaking about the situation, Mourinho claims Man United must learn to change their ways.

“I think in football, especially in teams that want to win things, you need consistency in the individuals,” he said. “In some other clubs and some teams where you play for a top-10 place, a player with talent is always welcome even if it that talent is not consistent and that talent is one day yes, one day no. In teams at this level you need to be consistent.

“We need to kill opponents off and this is déjà vu all season. When you score a goal against these teams, you don’t win 1-0, you win 3-0 or 4-0 because, when you score, the game is open and you have a completely different story because then they have to play a different way.

“We are not consistent with this, we miss easy chances, we have moments or periods where we push but then a couple of players disappear and there is 10 minutes when you don’t see them. You see always the same people, always the same guys in front of the train, pulling the train. So it’s disappointing, yes, because it’s one more draw. It’s an amazing unbeaten run though – 19 matches in the modern-day Premier League, it’s fantastic, but we’ve had too many draws at home. Some draws away from home are very acceptable or positive and we can deal with it, but too many draws at home.”

Mourinho could be set to focus his efforts on the Europa League as the club’s main aim for a Champions League qualification as the players keep making the Premier League route harder each week.

They sit just outside the top four and while they do still have a chance of making it, the task at hand has only gotten bigger with every point we’ve dropped.

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