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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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