Jose Mourinho salutes ‘amazing’ Man United star after Southampton draw

Manchester United's French midfielder Paul Pogba is hugged by Southampton's Italian striker Manolo Gabbiadini during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Manchester United at St Mary's Stadium in Southamp

Jose Mourinho saw another night of embarrassment averted as his side came from 2-0 down to earn a point at Southampton but he was left bemoaning the lack of "mad dogs" in his squad.

Romelu Lukaku and Ander Herrera restored parity before the break, but United were unable to find a victor during an underwhelming second half performance during which Pogba repeatedly conceded possession, much to the visible frustration of his manager.

"We lost so many balls in midfield, so many balls in our transition to the last third that it was hard to have that continuity", Mourinho told BT Sport.

Unfortunately Pogba was arguably United's poorest player on the pitch as he consistently gave the ball away and was sloppy overall. "By losing so many balls in midfield, we broke that dynamic that normally leads to goals".

"What we needed to improve in this game is simplicity in midfield".

Starting off with the lows, United found themselves 2-0 down after a powerful shot across goal by Stuart Armstrong followed by a terrific free kick on the edge of the box by Cedric Soares.

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With Chris Smalling injured, Mourinho deployed three central defenders but the Portuguese refused to blame his system for United's sluggish start.

"We don't have many mad dogs, the ones who bite all the ball all the team and press all the time, we don't have many with that spirit", he said.

'McTominay and Matic did a very good job for two midfield players'.

"There were examples of players fighting to the limits - Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones and many others - showing that respect for the shirt and for the club".

And despite the obvious disappointment of not being able to claim the three points on the south coast, Mourinho felt that Rashford's performance was one of the positives from the game.

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