Jose Mourinho: These Manchester United players have not scored enough goals

by Leo Nieboer

Jose Mourinho has criticised Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba for not scoring enough goals this season.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic emphatically leads the pack with a total of 27 goals; the only other player to reach double figures so far is Juan Mata, who has ten goals to his name.

The highest scorers after that are Anthony Martial, Mkhitaryan, Rashford and Pogba, who all have seven goals.

And Mourinho, speaking after the game, was quick to note that such a meagre total was nowhere good enough.

“20 matches unbeaten is amazing,” he said.

“I would sign immediately for that next year because in the modern Premier League it is really, really difficult to do – but we need to score goals to win matches.

“We don’t score enough goals, it is as simple as that.

“The pragmatism is – how many goals have (Marcus) Rashford, (Jesse) Lingard, (Henrikh) Mkhitaryan, (Ander) Herrera, (Paul) Pogba scored? How many goals from these attacking players? Not enough.”

The fact that Hull City – Hull! – have more goals at home than Manchester United this season says it all. This malaise lies at the heart of why Mourinho’s men have failed to breach the top four this season and will, if not addressed, preclude Man United from making any meaningful progress under the Portuguese.

Last season’s goalscoring drought was essentially underpinned by a lack of chances, but such has not been the case this season: United have continually created chances under Mourinho, only to fall short – as if hampered by an intangible psychological impasse – at the vital moment.

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