Jose Mourinho was left fuming about Manchester United’s draw against Stoke City thanks to a Juan Mata own goal.
The Red Devils had gone behind early on in the first half, as Spaniard Juan Mata inadvertently prodded the ball into his own net. However Wayne Rooney came to the rescue at the last minute, with the England and Manchester United captain firing in a sublime free-kick to ensure a point for the visitors.
After the match, Mourinho was curt in his congratulations to the Englishman. He stated that the achievement was now Rooney’s to enjoy, and the everyone else needed to let it go.
The Portuguese manager was much more vocal about the fact that he wasn’t too pleased with the draw, expressing his frustration at United’s inability to convert chances
“Of course I am disappointed,” Mourinho told MUTV.
“Again I say many times, a draw is a good result when the opponent is better than you and a draw is a good result when you are being dominated [by the opponent] and in the end you manage to leave with that point.”
“But when you are the team that chases the result, the team that creates the chances, the team that misses the chances and on top of that you score only an own goal, then obviously I cannot be happy with a point.”
Manchester United dominated the fixture against Stoke City, but were once again thwarted by the excellence of Lee Grant. It was only the beautifully snaking missile by Rooney that could manage to beat the former Derby County back-up keeper.
Apart from that, United had an astonishing 25 shots on goal compared to Stoke City’s 6 attempts. They also had seven corners to the Potters single one, and dominated the possession by 65% to 35%.
It was an all round dominant display by the Red Devils, but as has been the case often this season, they were held to just a draw by some resolute defending and their own inability to convert the good chances that they created throughout the game.