Mourinho is left frustrated by United errors in Arsenal draw

Sports | 7 Dec 2018

Jose Mourinho accused his Manchester United players of shooting themselves in the foot as an under-strength team gifted Arsenal two goals in a 2-2 draw that extended their winless English Premier League run to four games.

United, who started with Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku on the bench, showed great spirit to twice come back, with equalizers from Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard. But, after a defeat at Manchester City and dispiriting draws with Crystal Palace and Southampton, United are now 18 points behind leaders City and actually closer to the relegation positions than to first place.

United also trail Chelsea and Arsenal, who are now unbeaten in 20 games, by eight points in the battle for a place in the top four.

And Mourinho, who saw a David de Gea error and Marcos Rojo own goal hand Arsenal the lead, believes the performance continued their run of self-inflicted harm.

"We scored four goals and we drew 2-2," the United manager joked. "But we scored four goals and even in matches where we play well, we always shoot ourselves.

"Sometimes we miss chances with an open goal, other times defensive mistakes.

"There was a fantastic spirit, good performances. Our problem is finding a performance like this without the mistakes we made."

Liverpool, meanwhile, closed back to within two points of City by coming from behind to beat Burnley 3-1.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hit out at Burnley's physical approach as the Reds were left with a major injury, with defender Joe Gomez facing a spell on the sidelines after a full-blooded challenge from Ben Mee. Wolves also overturned an early deficit to inflict just Chelsea's second defeat of the season, 2-1 at Molineux, allowing Tottenham to move back up to third with a 3-1 win over Southampton.

Maurizio Sarri accused his Chelsea players of over-confidence after throwing away a lead after Ruben Loftus-Cheek's early goal.

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