Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was satisfied with his team's 1-1 away draw against Anderlecht in the Europa League quarter final on Thursday night. But, equally, the boss felt the result should have been better and has placed the blame firmly at the feet of his forwards.
Mourinho has had no qualms over publicly criticising players when performances have been not been up to standard and now appears to be no different.
"The result is positive - to play at home with an advantage, to start the game with an advantage, it is a good result but I think the result should be much better," he said after in the wake of the final whistle in the Belgian capital (via ManUtd.com).
"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. We lost the ball easily too many times, we stopped our counter-attacks because of sloppy decisions, sloppy touches of the ball and then we gave them opportunity to have some counter-attacks."
Henrikh Mkhitaryan put United ahead in the first half after expertly turning in a rebound from a seemingly impossible angle. Not enough further chances came, though, and those that did went begging, leaving Leander Dendoncker to level the aggregate score-line with a late header.
"You have to play more seriously. Put the performance of two or three of our attacking players together and you squeeze not much juice out of it. Rashford, Lingard, Ibrahimovic, Martial. They were very similar," Mourinho continued.
The boss praised the defenders behind for remaining so solid.
"The defenders did the serious work but the people who had to kill the game didn't. We start the game at Old Trafford in front, but we had all the conditions to kill the game," he said.
"If I were a Manchester United defender I would be very upset with the attacking players because they have to kill the game and they didn't."
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