UNITED SPE­CIAL POWER OVER PACE IS A SIN AT SAINTS AS POINTS LOST

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●● AF­TER the 2-2 draw with Southamp­ton, United man­ager Jose Mour­inho ad­mit­ted his side needed to be more like “mad dogs”, but con­ceded that a draw was a fair re­sult.

He said: “I think the re­sult is quite fair in spite of the fact we were more dom­i­nant in the game. They had a bet­ter start than us.

“We were in trou­ble, or­gan­is­ing a de­fen­sive line with only one cen­tre-back we tried to pro­tect that weak­ness with play­ing three in­stead of two cen­tral de­fend­ers. It worked quite well, the goals we con­ceded were a di­rect free-kick and a good shot. But we needed to lose less balls in mid­field and if you do that you have more con­ti­nu­ity in at­tack.”

United’s sec­ond goalscorer Her­rera posted on so­cial me­dia to ad­mit United did not do enough to win the game, and looked ahead to Wed­nes­day’s clash with Ar­se­nal.

Mean­while, Her­rera has ad­mit­ted United must ap­proach the game against Ar­se­nal as if it were a cup fi­nal.

De­spite com­ing back from two goals down it was seen as a missed op­por­tu­nity for United against a Southamp­ton side who have only won at home in the Pre­mier League once this year. “It’s two points dropped, but apart from that we can build from what we did af­ter they scored the sec­ond goal,” Her­rera told Match of the Day.

“We did the most dif­fi­cult thing in foot­ball, we came back and drew the game but we didn’t win it. Half time came at the wrong mo­ment for us, but that’s not an ex­cuse, we should have won the game.”

The re­sult means United now sit six points be­hind Chelsea in fourth place hav­ing played one game more. But, the 29-year-old is not fo­cus­ing on the cur­rent stand­ings.

“We want to be in the top four and at the mo­ment we are far from it,” he added. “We should for­get right now about the ta­ble, we should try to win ev­ery game. That’s how we will reach the top four. We should ap­proach the Ar­se­nal game like a fi­nal.”

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