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Jose Mourinho laments United’s struggle to take chances and keep clean sheets

29 October 2018

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has admitted his culpability for the goal that Everton scored in Sunday's Premier League meeting between the teams.

The 12 youngsters from the Wild Boars club, aged between 11 and 16, were invited to United's Carrington training ground to meet the stars on the eve of the Everton game.

"I believe that at the end of December we will be in a completely different position in the table", the United boss said.

Everton had several chances go begging, most notably when Bernard rounded David De Gea only to find the side netting.

"In the last nine matches between Lukaku and Rashford they have scored one goal if I am not wrong".

However, Pogba's goal came after a quite outlandish run-up for penalty, which was saved by Jordan Pickford before the Frenchman tapped home the rebound.

Could not stop Gylfi Siggurdson's penalty but had a tidy game between the sticks, gathering long-shots and crosses comfortably.

Pogba takes an age to step up and take the penalty. That's how I know to take penalties.

We have no idea what he was thinking giving away a needless penalty away. Sigurdsson and Richarlison combine to send Bernard free.

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However, Chris Smalling gave away a needless penalty kick which brought Everton back into the game. He then proceeded to set up Martial for United's second of the night with a neat lay-off.

This was a much better display from Fred as he passed the ball around well.

They also ensured the momentum continued into the second half, as Old Trafford was treated to some breath-taking football in the second 45 minutes, Rashford and Pogba spurning clear opportunities which would have put them 4-0 up on the night before Everton's late mini-resurgence temporarily halted their dominance. When the game is balanced in the first 20-25 minutes, the penalty starts to put them ahead in the match and more comfortable.

Sigurdsson won a midfield duel with Matic, who was subsequently booked, to feed Coleman and the Icelander was quickly into te box to meet the resulting cross, but again the header was straight at De Gea.

United thought they had a second on the half-hour mark, with Marcus Rashford pouncing from a save by Pickford, but was offside and the goal was ruled out.

Pogba's future at struggling Premier League giants United is uncertain following claims of a falling out with embattled manager Jose Mourinho.

The Spaniard came on to replace the hard-working Mata.

Lukaku drew howls of derision as he failed to make the most of a right wing cross from Pogba, his weak header sailing aimlessly wide of the target.

Jose Mourinho laments United’s struggle to take chances and keep clean sheets