Jose Mourinho: Manchester United continue to be their own worst enemy

Jose Mourinho: Manchester United continue to be their own worst enemy


Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says his side are continuing to be their own worst enemies as they bid to close the gap on the Champions League places.

Two defensive errors were the story of the night as United came from behind twice to secure a draw with rivals Arsenal on Thursday morning AEDT.

David De Gea produced a goalkeeping howler in the first half to hand the Gunners the lead, before Marcos Rojo’s cheap turnover in the middle of the park forced the home side to play catch up once again.

Despite their improved performance, Mourinho bemoaned the individual errors made by his side.

“We scored four goals and we drew 2-2, but we score four goals and even in matches like today where we play well we always shoot ourselves,” Mourinho told his post-match conference.

“Sometimes we miss chances with an open goal, other times it is defensive mistakes, but we had a fantastic spirit and good performances.”

Although, he was left frustrated with his side’s errors, Mourinho reserved praise for a defence which included several players who seen very little action this campaign.

“Maybe we feel frustrated with the result, frustrated with some mistakes,” he said.

“But we have to be happy with the spirit, the effort, the dynamic, the intensity, the understanding of our difficulties.

“Behind was a kid with a first start [Diogo Dalot], was Eric [Bailly] – half injured – and without playing for a long time, was [Chris] Smalling injured, I have to say injured, was Marcos Rojo in the first minute of the season, was Darmian with a third start.

“So difficult circumstances and the team as a team had a very good response.”