Liverpool - Jose Mourinho claimed he is being judged
unfairly by critics after Manchester United conceded a late Leighton Baines
penalty in a damaging 1-1 draw at Everton.
Mourinho's team have won just twice in the league since the
end of August, a run which has featured numerous draws and has derailed
United's hopes of winning a title in their manager's debut season at Old
However, Mourinho, who earned a reputation for not always
winning in the most attractive style when in charge of Chelsea, insists his
side is playing well and that he is being held to a double standard.
"You have to make a decision because when my teams are
playing pragmatic football and winning matches and winning titles, you say it
is not right and nice," Mourinho said.
"When my teams play very, very well, there is a huge
change in relation to the past two or three years. Now you say what matters is
to get result, no matter what.
"At the moment teams are getting results, defending
with 11 players, keeping the ball and playing on the counter-attack. You have
to make a decision."
The last comment may have been a thinly-disguised reference
to Chelsea and their current style of play.
But, in any case, United had only themselves to blame for
their latest disappointment as late substitute Marouane Fellaini tripped
Idrissa Gueye and Baines struck the equalising penalty.
Mourinho, whose side are 13 points behind leaders Chelsea,
did not take kindly to questions about his decision to bring on the Belgian and
said: "I thought you would know more about football than you do.
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"It is obvious. Everton is not a passing team. They
play direct. Everything is direct.
"When a team is losing it plays direct, when you have a
player on the bench with two metres (height) you play that player in front of
the defensive line to win the match."
- Emotional -
Baines's penalty cancelled out the opening goal from Zlatan
Ibrahimovic and a strong spell from United who also saw Ander Herrera hit a
"It was another game with a very good performance in a
very difficult place to play," said Mourinho
"A very emotional stadium against a team with very good
"We are playing very well at home, being super
dominant. We are playing very well away controlling matches and performing
really well with some amazing performance but not getting the results we
United defender Phil Jones, who continued his impressive
recent form after returning from injury problems, articulated the frustration
in the visitors' camp.
"It's happened too many times, we've dropped too many
points," said Jones.
"That's four or five games I can think of where we have
completely dominated and didn't win. It's happened again."
United might have had greater problems had defender Marcos
Rojo been dismissed in the first half, instead of earning a yellow card, for a
horrific lunge at Gueye, although Everton manager Ronald Koeman refused to
criticise the Argentinian.
"It's difficult," said Koeman who made three
excellent substitutions to rescue the point.
"Maybe if the referee could watch it back, maybe it
would be a red card. We always have discussions about red or yellow, if it's a
penalty, but finally it's a fair result. Both teams didn't deserve to lose.
"We can fight back, we showed that today. It was
disappointing to go 1-0 down but we didn't deserve to lose the match.
"We showed that commitment and qualities and the three
subs had a big impact on the game. We deserved it because we were dangerous in
the second half."For
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