Jamie Carragher questions Man United’s negative tactics under Jose Mourinho

The Liverpool legend is critical of Manchester United's poor goal record in the Premier League this season

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Jamie Carragher has questioned Manchester United’s negative approach to their Premier League games against top-six rivals this season.

The Red Devils suffered a 2-0 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon despite the north London side’s disappointing results in recent months.

Manchester United, remarkably, have failed to score a goal against Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City on the road in the 2016-17 season.

Jose Mourinho has been criticised for his defensive mentality against their biggest rivals, particularly in goalless draws with Liverpool and Manchester City.

Bournemouth have scored more goals than Manchester United this term despite Mourinho signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba in big-money deals.

Speaking to Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football about Mourinho’s tactics in the 2016-17 season, former Liverpool defender Carragher said:

“There’s different ways of nullifying teams. Whenever he goes away from home he will always look to stop the opposition first.

“They are the only team not to score away [against the top six] and that can’t be right for Manchester United. That comes from the manager’s tactics and the set-up.

“They haven’t got the worst players in the world. He’s signed Pogba and Mkhitaryan. He’s got Mata, Martial and Rashford, the best young player in the country. How can you not score in those games?”

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Manchester United are in fifth place in the Premier League table and five points behind Liverpool in the race to secure a spot in the Champions League next term.

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