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Jose Mourinho: “We played for the draw due to lack of midfield quality”

Mourinho has warned his side that their job is not yet complete

Manchester United head coach Jose Mourinho has admitted that the lack of quality in the squad midfield forced him to “play for the draw” in Thursday’s Manchester derby stalemate.


“We wanted to do more in terms of attacking and to explore more of the counter attack,” The 54-year-old specialist told Sky Sport.

“In the first half we had good control but the second became more difficult. We had to make a decision to play for the draw and had to fight hard to take a point. They started strong, pushed hard and I promised not to speak about players who weren’t playing so I won’t but we just didn’t have the quality of players in midfield – we were missing quality there.

“In the first half, we were always dangerous and there were points where our movement could have been the start of something important but we lost too many balls.”