Jose Mourinho Calls Out Manchester United Forwards After Anderlecht Failure

Apr 14, 2017, 10:40

It was a very simple message from Mou in the post match interview.

He added: "It's not just about the chances we missed, because we didn't miss so many".

United meanwhile, drew 1-1 away to Anderlecht in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final tie this evening.

Manchester United are not guaranteed a top-four finish in the Premier League this season, with Mourinho's men now fifth in the table heading into Sunday's crunch clash.

Mourinho's side are now fifth in the standings - in the Europa League spot - and are four points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City.

Anderlecht started the second half with renewed vigour as Nicolae Stanciu curled a free-kick just over the bar and then Valencia was forced into three interventions in quick succession, first hooking a Bruno effort off the line and then twice blocking Acheampong.

He said: "We are fifth in the league and have mathematically chances to improve our position and while it's mathematically possible we will try". "Next week we have to do everything to go through". "They have to kill the game and they didn't". "We had chances, control, but we don't score goals", said United boss Jose Mourinho. We can only blame ourselves because we had an easy game to play in the second half and we didn't play in attack with that instinct.

They created the first clear chance but Massimo Bruno connected only with thin air when well placed on the edge of the box.

"We need to be more ruthless". We were too comfortable.

"It's not the end of the world, but we are better than that".

Mourinho echoed Carrick's comments but admitted that the outcome was not wholly negative.

It still seemed to be a decent result for United, who'll be fully expected to progress, but Mourinho was again a frustrated figure. Our attacking players had lot of space and lots of time.

"[We had] good chances, lots of half chances that we didn't transform into full chances because of bad decisions or bad control".

"But the people behind very solid very focused". Sometimes you take a second touch, sometimes not, but the decisions were all wrong.

"This is what happens with us all season".

"They did defensively what we asked them to do".

Prior to this game, Romero had kept 15 clean sheets in 22 appearances for United, so Mourinho can at least bank on his No. 2 to perform at a high level if he keeps faith with him. The defenders did the serious work, but the people who had to kill the game didn't.

The United man gradually grew into the game - though he missed a golden chance to make it 2-0 late on - and came out on top against Tielemans, but one thing for sure is that the young Belgian will be plucked from Anderlecht by a wealthy European club this summer.

But United should be heading back to Old Trafford with a place in the semifinals virtually secured.