Jose Mourinho: We lost so many balls

Romelu Lukaku scored his first Manchester United goal since September 15 but could not guide his team to victory against Southampton. AP

De Gea is easily better than the pair and has certainly been United's best player in recent years.

'We lost so many balls in midfield, we lost so many balls in our transition to the last third, it was hard to have that continuity. And you kill the mentality of the good honest people around you, ' Mourinho told his former vice-captain, a dressing room source told the Daily Record.

United were 2-0 down within 20 minutes at St Mary's, but Rashford sparked the team into another comeback, setting up Romelu Lukaku and Ander Herrera to make the scores level by half-time.

Mourinho was forced to field a back three which included midfielders Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay after injury ruled out Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly.

"Doesn't matter the system we play", Mourinho said. The result is not good so I have to say we dropped two points.

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has said that his team are missing "mad dogs" who "bite the ball all the time". I think it is the only reason.

United were struggling to string passes together and they faced the prospect of a third consecutive league game without a win, but Lukaku gave them hope with his first goal for the club in 981 minutes in all competitions. "By losing so many balls in midfield, we broke that dynamic that normally leads to goals". The players they don't understand that simplicity is genius, especially in some parts of the pitch. Great examples of players fighting until the limits where probably I would say as positive examples, Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones, of course many others showing that respect for our shirt, that respect for the club.

And it was Rashford's brilliance that set up Herrera to make it 2-2 before the break, the 21-year-old bursting through the Saints defence and cutting the ball back for his team-mate to backheel into the net.

Manchester United's draw left them in seventh place in the Premier League table and 16 points behind leaders Manchester City.

But Mourinho feels the time when they could take their pick of the standout talents at domestic rivals is over.

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