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Anderlecht 1 Man United 1: We have to learn to kill teams off, says angry Jose Mourinho

Anderlecht 1 Man United 1

By Robert Jones

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho hit out at his forwards after the 1-1 draw with Anderlecht last night. "We have to kill matches. We have chances, we have control, (but) we don't score goals," the Portuguese said.

"(We have) lots of space to play, lots of space to kill. Lots of chances that you don't transform because of a bad decision, bad control, a sloppy touch or a flick.

"Very bad decisions in the last third and then a team with a good organisation defensively, very compact. But then one chance or one mistake and you get punished.

"I think you have to play more seriously. You put all together a performance of two or three or four of our attacking players and you squeeze not much juice out of it.

"The people behind are very solid and focused. If I were one of my defenders I would be very disappointed because they had serious work and the people who had to kill the game didn't."

When asked if he was impressed with the performance of 19-year-old striker Marcus Rashford, who was arguably the Red Devils' greatest threat going forward, Mourinho said: "The same as the others. Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Anthony Martial - I think they were very similar (in not killing the game off)."

Manchester United next face Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday.

Mourinho's side are currently fifth in the standings - in the Europa League spot - and are four points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City.

Michael Carrick echoed the thoughts of manager Mourinho.

"It was frustrating but we were so in control in the first half and we got sloppy," United midfielder Carrick told BT Sport.

"We've got to kill teams off and we were in control of the game but we didn't do that. It was frustrating but we didn't do that and we should have won that game comfortably.

"I'm completely disappointed really. We need to be more ruthless and kill things off, it's as simple as that.

"It's too comfortable. It was almost too easy at times and we got sloppy and lost possession. It's one of those scorelines where it's dangerous."

Despite this May's Stockholm final is now coming into sight after a long, arduous campaign that has undoubtedly taken a toll on Manchester United's Premier League ambitions.

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