Why We Played Poorly Against Southampton- Mourinho ⋆

Arnold Nichols
December 3, 2018

As so often this season, going behind brought the best out of the visitors and they levelled before half-time as Marcus Rashford created goals for Romelu Lukaku and Ander Herrera.

Jose Mourinho watched his side fight back from a two-goal deficit to draw with Southampton at the weekend, but the result has not helped United in their efforts to close the gap on the top four.

A number of United fans have been quick to call for United to follow Southampton's lead, and axe Mourinho. In the aftermath, he said that he was "really pleased" with taking a point from the match.

"I think because we lost so many balls in midfield", Mourinho told BT Sport.

The former Sunderland shot-stopper was brilliant for his country England at the World Cup in Russian Federation earlier this year, and won many admirers owing to his performance.

"What we did so well in the last 15 or 20 minutes of the first half was connect with the attacking players by transporting the ball, delivering the ball on the right moment, the right choice of pass, playing simple, accelerating the game", he observed.

"Fatigue, he [Rashford] was injured, he was asking to come out during Southampton clash", Metro UK quoted Mourinho as saying at post-match.

"We spoke before the game about running, it's very, very simple but in this day and age you have to run and run fast and be direct and make things happen".

It could be curtains for Mourinho on Wednesday should United flop against Arsenal at Old Trafford.

Two early goals from Stuart Armstrong and Cedric Soares put the hosts ahead in the 13th and 18th minutes of the meeting.

Mourinho's side did nearly take an early lead through Lukaku, but looked ragged down the other end and, after missing several chances to clear their lines, Southampton's Michael Obafemi laid the ball off for Armstrong to break the deadlock.

Mark Hughes has been sacked as manager of Southampton, the struggling Premier League club announced on Monday, despite an improved performance in a 2-2 draw with Manchester United.

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