Misfiring United Draw At Anderlecht
A below par Manchester United performance see them drawing yet another game, this time in Europa League quarterfinal first leg against Anderlecht.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho blamed his side’s “sloppy” attackers after Anderlecht grabbed a late equaliser.
United had several chances to kill off the tie after Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s first half opener from a tight angle but their failure to convert chances — a failing all season long — came back to haunt them as Leander Dendoncker blasted home a header four minutes from time.
Mourinho praised the defence which had stood firm until Dendoncker’s late run wasn’t tracked, allowing the strapping midfielder to rise above Matteo Darmian and Marcus Rojo to power home a header.
But with centre-backs Chris Smalling and Phil Jones injured, Mourinho complained that Eric Bailly and Rojo will have to shoulder the burden of every match until the end of the season.
Mourinho was less impressed with his forwards, who squandered many attacking positions and have managed only 19 goals in their 11 Europa League matches this season.
When asked why his team are still struggling to score goals, Mourinho was at a loss saying, “Good question, difficult answer.”
United’s attack lags well behind the rest of their top-four rivals in the Premier League, having scored only 46 goals. Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal have all managed more than 60.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the team’s top-scorer with 28 goals in all competitions, with Mkhitaryan and Juan Mata the only others in double figures.