Jose Mourinho puts the blame on this department after Southampton draw

United came from two goals behind to draw 2-2 with Southampton in Saturday's Premier League clash at St Mary's.

"The result is not good so I have to say we dropped two points", Mourinho said.

"With all the respect for dogs because I love them".

"In that first period Marcus Rashford was fresh, not hurt by hard tackles in the ankles in situations that progressively put a player in difficulty. Please, you are powerful, buy my best player".

Manchester United had found themselves 2-0 down inside 20 minutes but two quick-fire goals from Romelu Lukaku and Ander Herrera helped the Red Devils to earn a point.

"Doesn't matter the system we play", Mourinho said.

Jose Mourinho had set up his defence as a back five - including central midfielders Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay.

Lukaku scored his first goal since mid-September when he burst onto a deft Rashford touch pass to make it 2-1 in the 34th.

"I know that we have to do better than what we are doing, absolutely, we have to do better, but one thing is to do better and another is to compare ourselves with what Manchester United was in the past because it is impossible".

So what went wrong after the break? I would say the positive examples were Marcus Rashford and Phil Jones.

Jose Mourinho is frustrated over the decision-making by his Man Utd players in the second half and not moving the ball faster in the 2-2 draw at Southampton.

De Gea is not the only player whose contracts may become a sticking point in the near future, as Anthony Martial also could leave in 2020 summer, even should the club trigger his option for next season as expected.

Southampton were denied a late victor as Nathan Redmond brought the best of out De Gea, leaving United sitting seventh in the table and with a negative goal difference.

But at United, he's been asked to track back, defend, press and exert his energy in other areas of the pitch and it's led to fewer goals and assists.

Two of the Premier League's most inconsistent teams meet and, when you look at the records of these teams, you can see just how hard it is to call the game.

  • Stacy Allen