Mourinho left to rue missed chances as Man Utd held by lowly Stoke

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was left to rue his side's wastefulness in front of goal as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by lowly Stoke City on Sunday.

Substitute Anthony Martial put United in front midway through the second half but United were undone by a late Joe Allen equalizer as Stoke moved above Sunderland at the bottom of the table.

"This is the best performance all season and could have been one of these fat results in the Premier League, it could have been 5-0 or 6-0," Mourinho said. 

"We had big chances, with amazing saves and big misses. We chased the second goal and they go at the other end and score the goal and get a point. You can sometimes have draws where what you do nothing to change the result. 

"The players and I did everything. I made changes, everyone was giving more and more but today we could be here all day without winning the game. We will play worse and win games for sure."

Stoke goalkeeper Lee Grant made a string of outstanding saves in the first half to deny United an opening goal, with one low to his right that denied Zlatan Ibrahimovic the best of the lot.

But he was beaten by a superb curling shot from Martial and a mistake by goalkeeper David De Gea at the other end allowed Allen to equalize.

Still there was time for Paul Pogba to head onto the bar from close range as Stoke hung on for a crucial point, leaving United sixth, five points behind leaders Manchester City.

Allen said he felt Stoke deserved their point for the effort they put in throughout the 90 minutes.

"To go a goal behind against a team like that and get a point is a tough ask but we did it," he said. "When you come to Old Trafford you're not going to get many chances.

"We haven't been picking up many points but you can't fault the effort. We were determined to come here and get at least a point. We did threaten at times, which is a good sign for the weeks to come. 

"Th last three have been good performances, we haven't quite had the results, but everyone understands that the signs are promising."

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City can extend their two-point lead if they win at third-placed Tottenham later on Sunday while Arsenal and champions Leicester are also in action against Burnley and Southampton. 

Last update: Sun, 02/10/2016 - 15:52
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