Mourinho demands more United goals but Zlatan not to blame

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Mourinho demands more United goals but Zlatan not to blame

Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United waves as he leaves the field after the Premier League match between Manchester United and Hull City at Old Trafford

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Jose Mourinho does think Manchester United's attacking quality is fairly represented by their goal tally.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has told his attacking players they have to start scoring more goals, although he does not think Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the main culprit.

Mourinho's men have drawn three straight Premier League matches, leaving them sixth in the table, four points adrift of the top four.

Their 33 goals from 23 top-flight games is the lowest tally in the top seven, with Wednesday's 0-0 draw against Hull City leaving the manager extremely frustrated.

Paul Pogba of Manchester United versus Hull City.

MANCHESTER UNITED FC - HULL CITY FCPaul Pogba of Manchester United versus Hull City.

Creative players need to produce more

While Mourinho excuses top goalscorer Ibrahimovic from blame – particularly due to the club's lack of penalties this season – he wants more from his other key creative players, starting with the trip to play champions Leicester City on Sunday.

"I think we attack so much and with so many players," Mourinho said at his pre-match news conference.

"So many players have the freedom in our dynamic to reach scoring positions. We don't score enough goals and some of our players from these attacking creative positions could and should score more goals.

"When you see the number of goals we score, there is not a true relation between our attacking production and the number of goals we will score.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Hull City

Manchester United v Hull City - Premier LeagueZlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Hull City

Zlatan's striker rate

"When you speak about Zlatan's goals you should always add to the 14 goals and say he has had one penalty in 31 matches played in England in all the competitions. You should always add that extra item."

Mourinho, though, feels none of United's recent draws have been deserved in what have been dominant performances.

"We never had a draw where we could say we were lucky or got more than we deserved – always less," he said. "But the reality is the points and we lost two points [against Hull].

"We are in the same position we were before that game. We didn't get the three points as we wanted, it is as simple as that – a bad result.

"We do what we have wanted for a long time – try to win the next match. Every draw we have deserved a victory."

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