United lacked ‘mad dogs’ as Jose blasts his lucky stars for mak­ing bad de­ci­sions in dire draw

Irish Sunday Mirror - - SPORT - By NEIL MOXLEY

JOSE MOUR­INHO moaned that Manch­ester United lacked ‘mad dogs’ as a two-goal fight­back saved their skins at strug­gling Southamp­ton.

The Por­tuguese ad­mit­ted his side got out of jail af­ter Saints raced into a two-goal lead in­side the open­ing 20 min­utes be­fore Romelu Lukaku and An­der Her­rera struck back.

But then the United boss slammed his mid­field: “We needed better de­ci­sions – we

needed to move the ball faster.

“They cre­ated chances be­cause we lost the ball. We didn’t have any con­ti­nu­ity go­ing for­ward.

“We didn’t have any mad dogs. I love dogs – it’s a foot­ball ex­pres­sion. It means ag­gres­sive on the ball, fight­ing hard to re­cover the ball.

“For me, only Mar­cus Rash­ford had that ap­petite, that de­sire. We needed to re­cover the ball faster and higher up the pitch.”

Mour­inho added that he was un­happy with the re­sult, de­spite the fight­back.

He again used three men at cen­tre-half and it al­most cost the vis­i­tors who were all at sea dur­ing the open­ing half-hour.

“I can­not be too crit­i­cal,” he said, ‘the spirit and de­sire was good. We had a sit­u­a­tion of fragility in de­fence and we tried to com­pen­sate by play­ing the back three. It wasn’t easy for the team to go into the match with only one cen­tral de­fender.”

Spec­u­la­tion is rife that Saints’ boss Mark Hughes is to be re­placed by Paolo Sousa.

He said: “People keep on talk­ing about the pres­sure on me. That comes when re­sults don’t come. There are other clubs around us that are un­der-achiev­ing.

“There is a per­cep­tion we should be do­ing better. We fin­ished 17th last sea­son, so I don’t know.”

LAST-AC­TION HERRO: Her­rera cel­e­brates his equaliser with Matic and boss Mour­inho (in­set)


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