Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has expressed satisfaction with his players’ fighting spirit after they fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 against Burnley in the Premier League at Old Trafford.
Burnley took a 2-0 first half lead through Ashley Barnes and Stephen Defour in the third and 36th minutes.
But Jesse Lingard, who was brought on in the second half, scored in the 53rd and 92nd minutes, to help rescue a point for United.
“We should have won, yes,” Mourinho posited in his post-match interview.”I take satisfaction by the way the team played, by the way the team reacted, to try to recover from 2-0 down. The boys they fought against the 2-0 at half-time, so nothing at all negative to say about my players. I praise their spirit, their reaction, the way they accept all the risks we took in the second half.”
Mourinho said he was surprised that United were 2-0 down at half-time.
“I don’t know how they score a goal from a free kick, rebound here, rebound there,” he added. Similar goal that we conceded in other matches and then they defend for 95 minutes, second shot they score again.
He played down talks about a congested fixture list as the reason for United struggling to win lately.”It was the same for us and the same for them, they are also one of the teams that is punished by the fixtures.”
And on whether United are going through a sticky spell, Mourinho said: “Why? Because we deserve to win matches? Because the opponent went to our goal twice and they score twice? The quality of our play, the risk that we took today and also against Leicester, the team that deserved to win both matches is us.