United Manager bemoans draw , Leicester resurgence goes on

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Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho has said that the many draws may hurt the teams ambition of finishing in the top four to secure Champions League promotion.

A deliberate handball by Ashley Williams, who was sent off, allowed Ibrahimovic to cancel out Phil Jagielka’s opener and extend United’s unbeaten run in the Premier League to 20 matches.

But it remained an unwelcome result for Mourinho’s side, who have now drawn nine games at home this season and trail fourth-place Manchester City by four points.

“The performance from a football point of view was not good, but I am very pleased with the effort,” said Mourinho, whose team had drawn 0-0 at home to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

“It is an amazing run of 20 matches unbeaten, but too many draws at home.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic marked his return from suspension with a 94th-minute penalty to earn Manchester United a 1-1 draw against Everton at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Ibrahimovic’s last-gasp spot-kick — his 27th goal of the season — meant United held on to fifth place, three points above Arsenal and Everton having played a game more than the former.

But the Europa League looks increasingly like their best hope of securing a return to the Champions League next season.

They face Belgian side Anderlecht in a two-legged quarterfinal later this month, with the winners of the competition assured of a place at Europe’s top table.

United manager Mourinho welcomed top scorer Ibrahimovic and Ander Herrera back from suspension, while Paul Pogba returned to the bench following a hamstring injury.

 

 

Elsewhere, Leicester City’s resurgence under Craig Shakespeare continued as they beat bottom club Sunderland 2-0 to record a sixth successive win since the dismissal of manager Claudio Ranieri.

Leicester are now 10th, a healthy nine points above the bottom three, after sinking Sunderland to record a fifth league win in a row.

Substitute Islam Slimani opened the scoring with a 69th-minute header before the revitalised Jamie Vardy smashed in his sixth goal in seven games from Marc Albrighton’s pass.

Defeat completed a miserable few days for Sunderland manager David Moyes, who had to apologise after being caught on camera threatening to “slap” a female television reporter.

Sunderland lie eight points from safety with eight games of the season remaining.

George Boyd struck as Burnley boosted their survival hopes by beating Stoke City 1-0, while goals from M’Baye Niang and skipper Troy Deeney earned Watford a 2-0 home win over West Brom.

 

 

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