Jose Mourinho: Stoke draw was Man Utd's best performance this season

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In the aftermath of Manchester United's drab draw with Stoke City on Sunday, courtesy of Joe Allen's late equaliser, a negative response was expected of Jose Mourinho.

Chance after chance went wasted by the Red Devils and they were ultimately punished for a lack of potency in front of goal, especially from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba.

Indeed, the high-profile pair squandered in excess of five clear-cut opportunities between them throughout the 90 minutes, especially so Pogba.


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And yet, in a post-match interview with BT Sport, Mourinho claimed the Stoke draw was United's best performance so far this season.

We're not too sure about that one either.

The Portuguese said: "It's simple - the best Manchester United performance of the season.

"It could have been 3-0 or 4-0 at half-time and six or seven at the end of the game. I can't believe the result is 1-1. It was very undeserved.

"I repeat - it was a much better performance than against Leicester because the result made more than the performance and today was exactly the opposite."

So, according to Mourinho, he was more impressed with United's performance during a 1-1 draw with a bottom three side than a 4-1 win over Premier League champions Leicester City.

Okay then... Mourinho did recognise that his players were poor in front of goal, at least.

"In the first half, minute one, an amazing chance with amazing football," he added, "then a few minutes later another one with Paul Pogba facing the keeper.

"We had three or four in the first half, we had three or four in the second half. We hit the bar. We did everything. We played good football.

"We touched the ball, we moved, we created so much. It was a really good performance, a performance to win by a comfortable score and, in the end, we lose two points."

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