Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said his Manchester United team should not be compared to past sides including Roy Keane, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Nemanja Vidic as the embattled manager called for patience following Wednesday’s 2-2 draw against Arsenal.
United twice came from behind to claim a point with Arsenal at Old Trafford with goals from Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard.
Mourinho’s men were much improved following last week’s disappointing 2-2 draw against lowly Southampton but United’s winless streak in the Premier League extended to four matches despite an increase in energy and intensity.
Mourinho said in a chat obtained by Goal:
“I have to disagree with people who try to compare this to teams of Roy Keane, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Nemanja Vidic, give us a break and time,” Mourinho said.
“I am happy with the soul and heart, but we are not consistent and uniform.”
“Today was more the same, but with great spirit and people ready to have a go and fight hard, it was a credit to the team.”
“They went to the limit and were really tired. Some of them had not played all season, Chris Smalling playing in very difficult condition, but Arsenal were only dangerous when we lost the ball in bad areas.”
“This is a performance of big soul and heart, [Marcus] Rashford, just to give a name, gave everything for the shirt. But even from our bench you could feel the little panic when the ball comes to our defensive third.”