Jose Mourinho has criticised Manchester United’s attackers for not killing the game off against Anderlecht in Belgium.
Man United were in total control for effectively 85 minutes against Anderlecht and had opportunities to score a second goal but failed to make the most of their chances, with the best falling to Paul Pogba.
Anderlecht then went down the other end and equalised with their only shot on target in the whole game and speaking to BT Sport after the 1-1 draw, Mourinho criticised United’s attackers by name for their inability to kill the tie off.
"We have to kill matches. We don't score goals."
Man Utd have now drawn 14 games this season across all competitions.
— BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) April 13, 2017
“We have to kill matches, we have chances, we have control, we don’t score goals, you risk,” Mourinho said.
“You saw the same as I saw, don’t ask me to go too far but lots of space to play, lots of space to kill, good chances, lots of half chances but a bad decision, a bad control, a sloppy touch, a flick, very bad decisions in the last third.
“And then the team with a good organisation, very well, very compact, Marcos [Rojo], Eric [Bailly], [Matteo] Darmian, very solid, Michael Carrick, but then one chance or one mistake and you are punished.”
“I think maybe it’s the right word in my poor English,” Mourinho added when asked if United were sloppy in attack. “I cannot find a better word.
“I think you have to play more seriously, you put all together the performance of two, three or four of our attacking players, and you squeeze not much juice out of it.
“The people behind, very solid, very focused and if I was one of my defenders I would be very disappointed because they had the serious work and the people that had to kill the game didn’t.
“It’s a valuable goal and result, we start the game at Old Trafford and are in front but we had all the conditions to kill the game today.”
What an incredibly frustrating result for United after a game in which we dominated for so much of it. It was just like Arsenal at home when they didn’t have a shot on target until Olivier Giroud equalised late on with their only shot on target. We’re repeating our mistakes and an inability to kill games off with a second or third goal is hurting us terribly.
However, to criticise our attackers and ignore the lapse in defensive concentration at the end wouldn’t be fair. United should definitely have scored more than one but if we kept our concentration better for those last five minutes then we wouldn’t have conceded from that chance because it wouldn’t have happened.
This season we’ve been our own worst enemy and tonight’s result is indicative of that. The positive is that United have a massive advantage heading to Old Trafford only needing a draw to qualify but we should be in an even stronger position, the fact we don’t is our own fault.