We’ve so many problems: Jose
MANCHESTER. — Jose Mourinho admitted that his Manchester United side are a team full of problems following their 2-2 draw with an in-form Arsenal on Wednesday night.
The Red Devils conceded first to Shkodran Mustafi with David de Gea unable to keep out his powerful diving header, before an immediate response from Anthony Martial at the other end.
A Marcus Rojo own-goal then put Arsenal ahead for the second time, only for Jesse Lingard to poke home an equaliser after the restart.
Speaking after the game, Mourinho told Sky: “We played against a team that is in the top of their season, in the top of their moment where everything goes well for them. That is clearly a team that is on a high, against a team that has so many problems,” he said.
“At the top of these problems, during football matches, we shoot ourselves [in the foot]. Today we had a very, very good start, everybody was expecting 1-0 for us - we score. 1-0 for them.
“Then in the second-half our best moment, where Arsenal were clearly trying to stop the game, getting an injury here, an injury there, stop the game again, they were trying to control the game and reduce the intensity of the game. We scored the second goal for them.
“The team had a very good response, had a big soul. We scored four goals and drew 2-2. Even in matches like today where we play well we always shoot ourselves [in the foot]. Sometimes we miss chances with open goals, sometimes we make defensive mistakes, but a fantastic spirit and good performances.
“We feel frustrated with the result, with some mistakes, with some moments where a little bit more quality would be needed.”
Meanwhile, Unai Emery was left ruing dropped points as Arsenal were held to a 2-2 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
Shkodran Mustafi opened the scoring with a diving header that David de Gea was unable to keep out before an immediate response from Anthony Martial at the other end.
A Marcus Rojo own-goal then put Arsenal ahead for the second time, only for Lingard to poke home an equaliser following the restart.
After the game, Emery said: “I am very proud for our work and how we responded in the 90 minutes. When we are winning it was a good moment, but they equalised very quickly then we got up after their two goals.
“In the second half, our players worked to find a way to win. I think we were close, more than them, to do the third goal but De Gea saved two or three times with good action.”
Emery added that he was concerned with an injury sustained by defender Rob Holding, who was stretchered off before half-time. Aaron Ramsey was also withdrawn, but his injury is not as serious.
The Arsenal boss added: “It’s the worst news for us today. We are going to wait for the doctor but maybe it’s a big injury with his knee.
“Aaron Ramsey is a small injury but after these two injuries, every player responded with good commitment and good mentality to keep in the difficult moments our performance in the game.” — AFP.