Jose Mourinho said his Manchester United team should not be compared to past sides including Roy Keane, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Nemanja Vidic as the embattled manager called for patience following Wednesday’s four-goal thriller against Arsenal.
United twice came from behind to claim a 2-2 Premier League draw with Arsenal at Old Trafford thanks to goals from birthday boy Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard.
Mourinho’s men were much improved following last week’s disappointing 2-2 draw against lowly Southampton but United’s winless streak in the Premier League extended to four matches despite an increase in energy and intensity.
United find themselves languishing in eighth position and 18 points adrift of leaders Manchester City after 15 games as pressure mounts on Mourinho, who tried to distance his current squad from the club’s great teams of the past amid the Red Devils’ inconsistent form.
“I have to disagree with people who try to compare this to teams of Roy Keane, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Nemanja Vidic, give us a break and time,” Mourinho said. “I am happy with the soul and heart, but we are not consistent and uniform.
“Today was more the same, but with great spirit and people ready to have a go and fight hard, it was a credit to the team.