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Mourinho says Man Utd defenders have right to be upset with attack

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho suggests it was the same old story for his team tonight.

The Red Devils were held to a 1-1 draw by Anderlecht in the Europa League quarter-final first leg in Belgium despite creating a number of chances.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan's 36th-minute goal was cancelled out by Leander Dendoncker's 86th-minute equaliser in a match which Mourinho felt his attack let him down but his defence performed admirably.

However, the Portuguese also feels his side have things in their favour taking a draw and an away goal back to Old Trafford for next week's second leg.

"The result is positive – to play at home with an advantage, to start the game with an advantage, it is a good result but I think the result should be much better," he said.

"We can only blame ourselves because we had an easy game to play in the second half and we didn't play in attack with that instinct.

"We lost the ball easily too many times, we stopped our counter-attacks because of sloppy decisions, sloppy touches of the ball and then we gave them opportunity to have some counter-attacks.

"But luckily our defenders were very much in the game and they resolved all of these problems.

"But if I were a Manchester United defender I would be very upset with the attacking players because they have to kill the game and they didn't."

He added: "It was a strong performance from the team, the defensive part.

"Obviously, this is what happens all season. We have chances but don't score enough goals."

Andrew Slevison
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