Manchester United were looking to bounce back from recent disappointments when Burnley visited on Boxing Day but found themselves 2-0 down at half-time. The Red Devils, however, were able to snatch a point thanks to 2 goals from substitute Jesse Lingard.
This point sees united close to the gap on leaders Manchester City to 12 points, but city are expected to extend the lead to 15 points when they visit Newcastle at St. James’ Park on Wednesday night.
In the aftermath of the latest setback in their title bid, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has claimed that the club has not spent enough to keep up with rivals city, citing the huge fees city paid for their fullbacks as equivalent to what is paid for strikers.
“Manchester City buy fullbacks for the price of the strikers, so when you speak about big football clubs, you are speaking about the history of the club.” When his ₤286 million outlay since he became united manager was brought up, Mourinho said, “It’s not enough, is not enough. And the price for the big clubs, the price for the big clubs is different from the other clubs, so the big, historical clubs are normally punished in the market for that history.”
The Portuguese boss, however, explained that he has been pleased with his players’ performances in general in their recent draws with Leicester United and Burnley.
Man United return to action on Saturday when they host Southampton at Old Trafford.