Mourinho tells Shaw that he needs football brains

Ross Houston
April 6, 2017

Ibrahimovic coolly struck home the 93rd-minute spot kick after Ashley Williams had been sent off for deliberate handball keeping out Luke Shaw's shot.

United's vice-captain has played a key role in his side's recent 20-game unbeaten run in the Premier League and came on as a second half substitute in the EFL Cup final win over Southampton in February.

However it was Everton who broke the deadlock in the 21st minute as Phil Jagielka found the back of the net with a clever finish from six-yards out.

In the 29th minute, United won a free-kick close to the 18-yard box but Joel Robles saved Danny Blind's strike, while Ander Herrera couldn't turn the rebound home as he hit the bar.

Paul Pogba came on for the second half and headed against the bar from Ashley Young's free-kick, while Ibrahimovic had a goal disallowed for offside in a disjointed United performance.

Ibrahimovic thought he had equalised for United on 71 minutes with a header but he was flagged for offside.

"We need at this level the fantastic body he has to play football, the fantastic physical qualities he has, the very good technical ability he has - but he can not play with my understanding of the game".

"I think we deserved a little bit more", said Ibrahimovic. It is hard for them to perform better.

In an astonishing response to a request for his assessment of the performance of a player who Mourinho has not shied away from criticising in recent weeks, the United manager seemed to take full credit for all of the good things that Shaw pulled off because Mourinho was thinking for him.

"We were terrific in our defending. We were attacking for most of the game, we had good chances, but we have to do more".

Everton boss Ronald Koeman felt his side had done a "really good job", three days on from their 3-1 Merseyside derby loss at Liverpool, and described the late penalty as "painful".

Leicester earned a sixth straight win since Shakespeare replaced Claudio Ranieri in charge of the champions, thanks to second-half goals by strikers Islam Slimani and Jamie Vardy. It's not an easy path, but it's easier than overcoming its current deficit in the Premier League.

Moyes is facing a Football Association charge following his ill-advised comments to a BBC reporter and now seems certain to be looking at Championship football next season.

It was another blow for Sunderland, which is in last place and eight points adrift of safety, and the under-fire Moyes.

"Did one decision go against us?"

Burnley also eased the pressure on themselves, ending a seven-match streak without a victory as George Boyd got the victor just before the hour in a 1-0 triumph over Stoke City.

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