Jose Mourinho was delighted with Manchester United’s display against Stoke City and refused to criticise his players.
A 1-1 scoreline at the end of 90 minutes did not do the showing justice as Man United created plenty of chances against Mark Hughes’ side throughout the game.
United started quickly creating numerous opportunities, none of which ended up in the back of the net, some owing to poor finishing while others were kept out by goalkeeper Lee Grant’s super saves.
Though fans were left frustrated after the game, Mourinho seemed to be happy with the football his side played on Sunday and focused on his team’s positive attitude.
“I never criticise my players for missing chances,” he said.
“The goalkeeper was the man of the match and obviously deservedly, the post too. We had some open chances when we could do obviously better but I am never critical with my players. I came critical with the attitude, with no quality of the performance, the naive mistakes sometimes, but not in front of the goal. Very good performance, I have to say.”
“Today they played very well. They did it against Leicester but the result was bigger than the performance on Thursday, against a defensive team like Stoke, the team kept very calm and moved the ball well.
“Today was the best performance. From minute one everything was beautiful. The first chance is beautiful football, the one that Paul missed in the first-half is also beautiful football.
“So I think this is very frustrating but the performance was there.”
Although United did not manage to score as freely as they did against Leicester, their performance against Stoke was certainly as good if not better.
Unlike last week where 3 goals came from corners, United seemed much sharper in the final third, unhinging a side repeatedly known to be defensive.
With visible improvements in terms of build up play and chance creation, United moved the ball quicker, posing a greater threat in front of goal and will be hoping to start picking up results from their fixtures after the international break.