Manchester United fall short of José Mourinho’s demands in goalless draw

Manchester United are in danger of dropping out of the race for Champions League qualification unless they start winning again. A return to the stodgy football that haunted Louis van Gaal’s reign as manager and a lack of ruthlessness is costing José Mourinho’s side rather than the unfair officiating he believes is shaping the season.

Towards the end Juan Mata was found by Chris Smalling in front of Hull City’s goal but the Spaniard missed badly: it was a microcosm of what plagues United. This draw means there has been a solitary league victory in four outings in 2017 and the gap to fourth-placed Liverpool is four points despite Jürgen Klopp’s side dropping two against Chelsea on Tuesday.

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