Jose Mourinho believes Manchester United are picking up too many draws despite the attacking style of football they play.
Wayne Rooney became Manchester United’s all-time leading goalscorer with a late stoppage time free kick, to rescue a point for Manchester United after going behind to Stoke City.
Substitute Rooney curled in from the left-hand side of the penalty box for his 250th United goal – taking his tally to one higher than Sir Bobby Charlton.
Stoke looked set for a third straight Premier League win, clinging to a lead given to them when Juan Mata poked Erik Pieters’ cross into his own net for an own goal.
United wasted a few chances, hit the woodwork and were denied by Potters keeper Lee Grant.
But their 25th and final effort at goal preserved a 17-game unbeaten run, albeit if the dropped points mean they lose ground in the race for the top four.
They are three points behind fourth-placed Arsenal and 11 off leaders Chelsea, who both play on Sunday.
and despite the fact they are unbeaten in 17 games, United have now drawn EIGHT times in the Premier League this season – the joint-highest alongside Middlesbrough – and Mourinho was disappointed, and feels that his side are drawing too many games.
“We did everything well except in front of our target, we kept missing chances, we could score goals in the first or second half, we hit the post, goalkeeper saves, we don’t score.” said Mourinho.
“We have another draw, we have too many draws for the attacking football we produce. Opposition goalkeepers are always phenomenal against us, but we missed chances, too many, and some of them to easy.
“I think the team was playing well, pushing, and I was trying to put different people in attack with different qualities. We tried to win.
“I think if you score early and have more time to play then maybe we win but we have just ourselves to blame because you have to score goals, and we miss too many easy chances, and on top of that we scored in our own goal.
“So a game we did everything to win, when we miss that many chances, we have to blame ourselves.”
Despite him insisting Stoke were not trying to score after the 25th minute, and were trying to hold on to a draw from the start, Mourinho did feel Stoke deserved praise when it came to their defensive ability.
“I think was a big game, a big game with two teams in the beginning trying to win, but after 25 minutes one team trying to win and the other one trying to defend, which they did amazingly well,” he added.
“They played with lots of aggression lots of people behind the ball, work rate amazing and lots of support from their crowd. So they did everything to try to stop us, which they were able to do.”