Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a stoppage-time penalty to salvage another Manchester United draw at Old Trafford against Everton on Tuesday night.
The giant Swede canceled out Phil Jagielka’s first-half acrobatic strike after Ashley Williams saw red for handling in the area. He now takes his goals tally to 27 for the season.
Following the draw, the Red Devils have now recorded 14 wins, 12 draws and three losses in the Premier League. The record tallies up to 54 points which is two fewer than what Van Gaal had after 29 league games in the 2014/15 season.
The Manchester United draw has also seen them lose further ground on Liverpool and Manchester City who currently occupy Champions League qualification positions.
Speaking after the game, a frustrated Zlatan Ibrahimovic made it clear that the team was under performing and that needed to change.
“A lot of things have to be settled. It’s not like I’m 20 and I have another five or 10 years,” said the striker who is considering whether to extend his stay at Old Trafford.
“Probably I have one, two, three years so everything depends on what you want and what the club wants, what the vision of the club is because I said from day one I didn’t come here to waste time, I came here to win.”
12th Manchester United Draw
Jose Mourinho had another point of view when reflecting on the result after the game. He said the fact that Manchester United was unbeaten for twenty matches is amazing.
“In the modern Premier League, it’s very difficult to do it. But we need to score goals to win matches.”
“We almost lost the game against West Brom because of a bad mistake. Today we almost lost the game because of a bad mistake.”
“There is not one match at home that doesn’t have emotion because we go until the end and we try and we change (the) system and we try. But we don’t score enough goals.”
The Portuguese manager also took some time to criticize Luke Shaw for his understanding of the game after his reinstatement to the team.
“He had a good performance, but it was his body with my brain.”
“He was in front of me and I was making every decision for him. We need at this level the fantastic body to play football, but he cannot play (by relying on) my understanding of the game.”
“He must understand, he must think, he must accelerate the process. He is 21, he is old enough to have a better understanding of the game.”