United could score Mour

> Dev­ils’ boss says his side could have put seven past Stoke

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JOSE MOUR­INHO in­sisted Manch­ester United had played their best foot­ball of the sea­son and could have put seven goals past lowly Stoke City after their 1-1 draw on Sun­day.

Sub­sti­tute An­thony Mar­tial’s first goal of the sea­son was can­celled out eight min­utes from time by Joe Allen fol­low­ing a rare er­ror by David de Gea.

But Mour­inho re­fused to be crit­i­cal ei­ther of the goal­keeper or his for­wards, who missed a host of chances.

“It’s sim­ple – that was the best per­for­mance of the sea­son” said Mour­inho, whose side beat reign­ing cham­pi­ons Leicester 4-1 the pre­vi­ous week­end.

“Three or four-nil at half-time, six or seven-nil at the end of the game... but the re­sult was 1-1.

“That’s foot­ball. That’s very un­de­served but, I re­peat, that was a much bet­ter per­for­mance than against Leicester.”

Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic and Paul Pogba, on at least two oc­ca­sions, wasted glo­ri­ous chances for United while Stoke goal­keeper Lee Grant, on loan from sec­ond-tier Derby County and mak­ing just his sec­ond Pre­mier League ap­pear­ance at the age of 33, was man of the match.

“In the first minute, their goal­keeper made an un­be­liev­able save,” said Mour­inho. “And he kept do­ing that un­til the end of the game.

“He started with an amaz­ing save from Zla­tan and ended with an amaz­ing save from Zla­tan.

“In be­tween we had five, six, seven great chances and com­plete con­trol of the game. But I never crit­i­cise my play­ers for miss­ing chances.”

Mour­inho said Grant fully mer­ited his man of the match award – and also sug­gested that the goal­posts de­served some recog­ni­tion.

“The goal­keeper is the man of the match and de­servedly. The post, too. We had some open chances where we could be bet­ter but I am never crit­i­cal of my play­ers,” Mour­inho said.

“I can be crit­i­cal of the qual­ity of the per­for­mance, the naive mis­takes some­times but not in front of the goal.”

Stoke man­ager Mark Hughes praised back-up goal­keeper Grant, who joined the club on trans­fer dead­line day on a six-month loan.

“He has done great for us, I’m re­ally pleased for him,” said Hughes.

“I don’t think he has played here be­fore. He has trav­elled with teams here but never ac­tu­ally started a game.”

An­der Her­rera might have com­pounded United’s frus­tra­tions had ref­eree Robert Madley handed him a straight red card, rather than a yel­low, for a studs-up chal­lenge on Allen early in the sec­ond half.

Ref­eree-turned-pun­dit Howard Webb in­sisted the thigh-high chal­lenge was a clear red card, and Hughes said Allen’s re­ac­tion may have pre­vented Her­rera’s dis­missal.

“Credit to Joe, he didn’t make a meal of it,” said Hughes. – AFP

Manch­ester United’s Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic gets his shot blocked by Stoke City’s goal­keeper Lee Grant.

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