Jose Mourinho puts the blame on this department after Southampton draw

Hope Soto
December 3, 2018

Mourinho saw his Manchester United career hit an all-time low on Saturday with the Red Devils slumping to a 2-2 draw against Southampton.

'We lost so many balls in midfield, we lost so many balls in our transition to the last third, it was hard to have that continuity.

"I thought Ashley Young had a good first half. They kept overcomplicating the match". The ones that bite the ball all the time and press all the time, we don't have many people with that spirit so nothing to do with the system.

"Other clubs are having to pay, don't get me wrong, but are basically in a strong position where they say: "No problem, we'll sell you and get another player for this team, they are queuing up to play" and that's the problem Manchester United have at this moment in time", Neville added.

Mourinho used the rise of Tottenham as an example to explain why United can no longer raid their rivals as they did in the past for players like Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Carrick.

Seven minutes later, it was 2-0.

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Speaking to BT Sport immediately after the final whistle, Mourinho said: "I'm pleased with Marcus Rashford even without that (scoring)".

"But our two attacking players didn't have support because we kept losing the ball in midfield".

Mourinho lauded Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay but was critical about the rest of his midfield.

"In the second half we went back, again, to that dynamic when we lose too many balls in midfield". [Chris] Smalling has a pain in his foot so he is not available to play, Eric Bailly has a pain in his back so he's not available to play. [Victor] Lindelof has an important injury.

"It doesn't matter the system we play, it has to do with the characteristics of the players".

Manchester United pulled into seventh on goals from Romelu Lukaku and Ander Herrera, and will finish the weekend at least six points back of the Top Four. Their opening 20 minutes looked as if they were not one of the attacking-wise worst teams in the league over the past 18 months.

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