Man Utd have scored nine goals in the last 10 minutes of the Premier League after Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial struck vs Everton.
Jose Mourinho believes the defensive set-up of Premier League sides is playing to Manchester United’s advantage in the latter stages of games.
United have scored nine goals in the last 10 minutes of their league fixtures this term after Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial netted late on in the 4-0 win over Everton on Sunday. All three of Martial’s goals this season have come off the bench, while substitutes Marouane Fellaini and Marcus Rashford have also struck.
Ronald Koeman’s Everton started with three central defenders shielded by three central midfielders but were undone by Antonio Valencia’s fourth-minute howitzer.
The visitors had chances to level through Wayne Rooney and Gylfi Sigurdsson in the second-half but capitulated late on and Mourinho believes their search for an equaliser helped United.
“I think the Premier League is becoming very defensive,” Mourinho said. “I think many teams try to play with five in the back, plus two or three in the middle, some teams four. In some matches the two teams, they try to match each other and play in the same system, and in 0-0 and 1-0.
“And sometimes when you have a little bit more space you try, so in the last part of the game they were losing 1-0 and then 2-0 and they tried to come more, and they gave us more spaces. So I think it is up to that.
“I think Ander [Herrera] was important. He gave us the stability that we were losing a little bit and then was only possible, in my view, 1-0 or 2-0, I never thought in the last 15 or 20 minutes it could be 1-1.
“The 2-0 come and after that the third and fourth goals are just a consequence of a team that was sad and another team that was happy, for me the third and fourth goal were a little bit out of context in the game.”