Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has put the blame on the midfield department after the club played out a frustrating 2-2 Premier League at Southampton on Saturday.
Mourinho’s side found themselves 2-0 down to the Saints after the opening 20 minutes but they managed to make amends before the break with Romelu Lukaku and Ander Herrera finding the scoresheet from impressive deliveries from Marcus Rashford.
However, they could not convert the comeback into a victory during the second period and speaking after the clash, Mourinho highlighted that the midfield – most certainly pointing towards Paul Pogba – cost the team in the quest for maximum points.
“What we did so well in the last 15-20 minutes of the first half was that we chose to connect with the attacking players by transporting the ball, leaving the ball in the right moment, the right choice of pass, playing simple, accelerating the game,” he told MUTV.
“In the second half we went back again to that dynamic where we lose too many balls in midfield and the players, they don’t understand that simplicity is genius, especially in some parts of the pitch.”
Pogba had a rather disappointing performance at the heart of the midfield in the South of the Coast and he appeared disinterested for the vast periods of the opening period of the game.
In the second half, the Frenchman tried to involve himself by striding into forward positions but he was unimpressive after losing possession of the ball on countless number of occasions.
With the result, United are confirmed to remain in the seventh position for the current gameweek but their six-point gap to the top-four should certainly increase with Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal to feature on Sunday.
United’s next league encounter comes against Arsenal at Old Trafford in midweek and it remains to be seen whether the likes of Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly return to the mix after missing the Southampton game with foot and back injuries respectively.