Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said his criticism of Manchester United’s attack after last week’s 1-1 draw with Anderlecht was not directed at Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
United conceded a late equaliser in their Europa League quarterfinal first leg in Belgium and Mourinho said afterward that “the people who had to kill the game didn’t.”
Jose Mourinho, who had been similarly critical of an attack containing Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan after the goalless draw with West Brom this month, named Ibrahimovic on the bench for the 2-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday but he has made clear that his disappointment was not focused on the Swede.
“I was not disappointed with Zlatan, I was disappointed with the team,” Mourinho said at his prematch news conference ahead of Thursday’s second leg against Anderlecht.
“The team had the game in their hands and did not kill the game. We could be speaking now about a friendly game tomorrow if we won 3-0 in Anderlecht.
“[The second leg could have been] a nice game, and the chance to play Axel Tuanzebe and some of the other young ones without any kind of pressure. The game was easy to cure, and we did not.”