Jose Mourinho: Manchester United shot themselves in the foot against Arsenal

World Cup bulking hampered Man United form – Lukaku

World Cup bulking hampered Man United form – Lukaku

United's goal difference is -1, having allowed 25 goals and scored 24, and Mourinho cited this.

Mourinho's side are in eighth place in the Premier League table and eight points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea FC in the race to secure the final Champions League spot.

The Red Devils are struggling to score goals, too, given the well-documented struggles of marquee signings Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez over the past 12 months.

Mourinho's future has been the focus of intense speculation after an very bad start to the season, which has left United eight points off the Champions League places and 18 behind Manchester City at the top of the league.

We've found out pretty quickly this season that any game involving Manchester United will probably include goals, but this was a step too far even for them.

"When the team is defensively stronger I think the horizons for Fred change completely".

"Everyone else is in the chasing pack".

Mourinho has made clear that Fred's time will come, but does not believe the midfielder is yet ready to play regularly in the Premier League.

"So that's something to build on".

"It's a long way to go in the season, so for us it's about taking every game as it comes and trying to get the three points, that's the main thing", said the England forward. "He has a long-term contract with Manchester United and is fully committed to the club in building a solid winning project".

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