Manchester United lack mad dogs with spirit - Jose Mourinho

Manchester United lack mad dogs with spirit - Jose Mourinho

Manchester United lack mad dogs with spirit - Jose Mourinho

United conceded their 22nd and 23rd goals of the season inside the first 20 minutes before levelling it up before half-time but Mourinho refused to blame the system or his makeshift defenders for another slow start.

Jose Mourinho is under mounting pressure again as he begins to show the strain of Manchester United's faltering season.

Manchester United battled back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Southampton on Saturday in a match that will do little to ease the pressure on either Jose Mourinho or Mark Hughes.

Pogba starting the game after being dropped against Young Boys in the Champions League midweek, however, he didn't look up to it.

For everyone other than United fans, anyway.

The result means Manchester City are 16 points ahead of their rivals at the top of the table, while United could be nine adrift of the top four if Chelsea beat Fulham on Sunday and Tottenham draw with Arsenal. Although, Mourinho's freakish team selection, fielding five central midfielders and no wingers, gave Pogba few options when he was on the ball.

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"We don't have many mad dogs, the ones who bite all the ball all the team and press all the time, we don't have many with that spirit", he said.

'I thought Scott (McTominay) and (Nemanja) Matic, they did a very positive job for two midfield players (playing in defence), and Phil Jones leads that group of three in a way that we were totally in control.

United were struggling to string passes together and they faced the prospect of a third consecutive league game without a win, but Lukaku gave them hope with his first goal for the club in 981 minutes in all competitions.

There were several notable takes from the game - Marcus Rashford's great performance, Paul Pogba's not-so-great performance - but when it came to picking a headline, Spanish outlet AS went with something a little more fun.

With Palace in better form than their league position suggests, it's understandable that they are priced at around 4/7 to win the game, but a 2-0 win for Palace at 13/2 makes plenty of appeal.

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