- Manchester United were forced to a 2-2 draw at St. Mary's Park
- The Red Devils came from behind to salvage a point against the Saints having gone 2-0 down in the opening exchanges of the match
- Mourinho has now blamed his midfielders for failing to keep United's game under control
Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has opened the lid following his side's poor showing away from home that saw them forced to a 2-2 draw by Southampton at St. Mary's Park on Saturday, December 1.
Mourinho was forced to start the pair of Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay at the centre-back alongside Phil Jones after being hit by a string of defensive injuries.
The Portuguese picked Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini in the midfield, with Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku leading the attack-line.
The side laboured through the opening exchanges of the match, as the home-side took an early lead in the 13th minute via Stuart Armstrong.
Cedric Soares doubled Southampton's lead seven minutes later as United struggled to settle into the match.
Goals from Lukaku and Herrera in the 33rd and 39th minutes respectively brought United back to the game as both sides headed into half-time level.
However, the Red Devils midfield failed to mount more pressure in the second half in their pursuit to stage an epic come-back, leaving Mourinho gutted.
In his post-match conference, the former Chelsea manager made public his disappointed with his midfielders, blaming them for their inability to keep things simple during the second half of the encounter.
"I think because we lost so many balls in midfield," Mourinho told BT Sport.
"We lost so many balls in our transition to the last third, that it was difficult to have that continuity. I think it’s the only reason [why we didn’t win],"
"What we did so well in the last 15 or 20 minutes of the first half was connect with the attacking players by transporting the ball, delivering the ball on the right moment, the right choice of pass, playing simple, accelerating the game," he observed.
According to a report by the UK Metro, Mourinho further lamented his side lacked 'bite' in the middle of the pack for Southampton's opening goal, adding that it is a missing characteristic in his squad.
"But what we needed to improve in this game is simplicity in midfield. Play one touch, play two touches. Make it simple, make the ball arrive fast to the two attacking players," he said.
Following the disappointing draw in the backdrop of another at Old Trafford against Crystal Palace, United sit seventh on the Premier League standings, a staggering 16 points behind leaders, Manchester City.
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