Having refused to answer questions about Marouane Fellaini’s role in conceding the penalty which allowed Everton to draw with Manchester United; having insisted, indeed, he did not see Marcos Rojo’s horrendous foul on Idrissa Gueye, which should have earned him a red card; and having reacted somewhere north of tetchily to all questions about his team’s inability to win games, he reacted to a query about his tax affairs by inviting a journalist down the corridor and into one of Goodison Park’s back rooms.
Mourinho had previously given more detail when justifying United’s league position, some 13 points behind leaders Chelsea, arguing largely it is down to an inability to finish teams off.
They had led for almost half of the game here thanks to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s opener just before half time. Leighton Baines’s equaliser means United have now won just once in eight league fixtures.
“Another game with a very good performance in a very difficult place to play, a very emotional stadium against a team with very good players,” was Mourinho’s analysis. “We are playing very well at home, super dominant. But we are not getting the results we deserve...”
He was asked to explain why United are not putting opponents to sleep.
“When my team are playing pragmatic football and winning matches and winning titles, you say it is not right and nice,” came his response. “When my teams play very, very well, there is a huge change: now you say what matters no matter is to get result.”
He reasserted that he believes the impression of his time so far at Old Trafford would be different had United converted more of their chances. Ander Herrera hit the post against Everton at a crucial stage in the game. “2-0…” he concluded. “…and then goodbye.”
Ronald Koeman, meanwhile, was right that Everton’s performance was an improvement on the one at Southampton. Like Mourinho, though, the description of his team’s levels was too high.
“I am pleased with the fighting spirit,” he said. “Last week, that was not there so much.”
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