Jose Mourinho: Manchester United manager claims they shot themselves in pulsating Arsenal encounter
Posted: 6 December 2018 Time: 09:00
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho claims his side continue to 'shoot' themselves after a spirited display from the injury-ravaged squad against Arsenal only yielded a point and left them even further from the top-four.
Mourinho sprung several surprise selections for his starting line-up amidst their injury troubles, with three of his most expensive transfers during his tenure all failing to make the first XI.
Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku dropped to the bench, while Brazil international Fred failed to make the matchday squad and despite his bold decisions seemingly justified, two glaring individual errors allowed the Gunners to take the lead twice at Old Trafford.
Senior figures David de Gea and Marcus Rojo, who earned his first appearance since the 2018 FIFA World Cup with Argentina were both guilty for lapses of concentration - as they conceded their 24th and 25th goals of the season.
However, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard managed to restore parity in the heated encounter at the Theatre of Dreams, much to the delight of the Portuguese tactician - who praised the efforts of his rusty defence.
"We scored four goals and we drew 2-2, but we score four goals and even in matches like today where we play well we always shoot ourselves," Mourinho told a news conference, as quoted by Manchester Evening News.
"Sometimes we miss chances with an open goal, other times it is defensive mistakes, but we had a fantastic spirit and good performances."
"Maybe we feel frustrated with the result, frustrated with some mistakes," said Mourinho. "But we have to be happy with the spirit, the effort, the dynamic, the intensity, the understanding of our difficulties.
"Behind was a kid with a first start [Dalot], was Eric [Bailly] -- half injured -- and without playing for a long time, was [Chris] Smalling injured, I have to say injured, was Marcos Rojo in the first minute of the season, was Darmian with a third start.
"So difficult circumstances and the team as a team had a very good response."