Mourinho: ‘We are the unluckiest team in the Premier League’
FT: Manchester United 1 : 1 Arsenal FC
Jose Mourinho termed Manchester United the “unluckiest team in the Premier League” after they conceded an 89th-minute equaliser against Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger’s side were on the back foot throughout the Old Trafford encounter and looked to be heading for a defeat following Juan Mata’s well-taken goal.
But, in the penultimate minute of normal time, Olivier Giroud rose to meet Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cross and power a header past David De Gea.
United have now drawn their last three home league matches, and Mourinho struggled to hide his disappointment at full time.
“At this moment, we are the unluckiest team in the Premier League — it’s the reality,” he said after the game.
“If we analyse the last three matches at home: against Stoke we have to win five or six nil but we draw. Against Burnley we have to win five or six nil but we draw. And today we have to win two or three nil and we draw.
“So, I think we are the unluckiest team.”
He added: “I don’t want to say they didn’t want to win. I prefer to say they had no chances to win. They couldn’t be Arsenal [in] the way they normally play.
“We were phenomenal from a defensive point of view. Phenomenal. The way we pressed, the way we controlled their counter attacks, the way we controlled their best players. We were pehnomenal.
“When we had the ball we payed well, we had chances to kill the game.
“The only time we had a situation we couldn’t resolve they scored a goal. So, they were the lucky ones and we were the unlucky ones. That’s football.”
And it’s not just results that will leave Mourinho feel hard done by. His side were denied what appeared a clear penalty in the first half when Nacho Monreal brought down Antonio Valencia.
Mourinho, though, was reluctant to blame referee Andre Marriner.
“I don’t want to speak about [the penalty appeal],” he told Sky Sports. “I have a very good feeling with Andre Marriner. He is the type of ref who if he makes mistakes against my team, I know that there is no intention.
“I remember the words that he told us before the game in his dressing room. His words were: ‘I don’t want to be seen. I want to do my work the best I can.’
“And he’s right, he doesn’t want to be the star of the game. He’s an honest man and a good referee.”
He added: “If it was a mistake I don’t want to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’. I know, because I watched on the video a few times but I don’t want to say if it was a mistake or not because the referee is a good ref and he tried to do his best.”
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