Jamie Redknapp: Jose Mourinho should have left new Man United signing on against Everton
Jamie Redknapp questions Jose Mourinho's substitutions in Manchester United's 1-1 draw at Everton
Jamie Redknapp has questioned Jose Mourinho’s substitutions in the second half of Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Everton on Sunday afternoon.
The Red Devils were leading 1-0 thanks to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s opener at Goodison Park before half-time, but they were eventually pegged back when substitute Marouane Fellaini conceded a sloppy penalty and Leighton Baines duly converted the spot-kick.
Mourinho had opted to bring off summer signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan as he looked to shore up his defence in the closing stages of the game.
But the move backfired as Fellaini conceded a needless penalty within moments of taking to the field.
And Redknapp was not particularly impressed by Mourinho’s tactical substitutions at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon.
Writing in his column for The Daily Mail, Redknapp said: “I cannot remember the last time a manager made a defensive-minded substitution to close out a 1-0 win and still managed to hang on. That kind of change used to work for Jose Mourinho at Chelsea but now it just invites the opponent to attack.
“It is becoming harder to cling on in the Premier League — teams keep on pushing and pressing for an equaliser.
“Marouane Fellaini, who came on for Henrikh Mkhitaryan with five minutes to go, will be blamed for giving away the penalty that saw Everton snatch a late draw against Manchester United.
“But if Mkhitaryan had not been taken off, he could have picked the key pass to seal the win.”
Sunday’s draw left Manchester United in sixth place in the Premier League table and a staggering 13 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea after 14 games of the new season.