Jose Mourinho was frustrated not to win but praised his captain’s historic achievement after Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Stoke City.  


Wayne Rooney overtook Sir Bobby Charlton to become the club’s all-time leading scorer with his 250th goal with a free-kick in stoppage time to rescue a point in the Potteries.

Here are the main points of discussion from the manager’s post-match interview with MUTV…

Not happy with point
“Of course I am disappointed. Again I say many times, a draw is a good result when the opponent is better than you and a draw is a good result when you are being dominated [by the opponent] and in the end you manage to leave with that point. But when you are the team that chases the result, the team that creates the chances, the team that misses the chances and on top of that you score only an own goal, then obviously I cannot be happy with a point.”

Rooney record
“The achievement is wonderful – it stays in the history of our club I think for many, many, many years for sure. But I think it’s time now for him to enjoy and for everyone to forget it and let it go.”

Good team spirit
“Nothing wrong with the spirit. Nothing wrong with the connection between the team and the fans. Everybody believes until the end but you have to be really strong to believe when you start the game and you start immediately missing chances and some of them quite easy chances. And on top of that, you score an own goal – I don’t know who scored the goal, if it was Mata, if it was De Gea. I can’t even decide which one scored. So it’s hard but again the spirit is fantastic and I think it’s very important.”

Keeping Stoke at bay
“David [De Gea] didn’t touch the ball. The defenders did exactly what we trained during the week – to keep Peter Crouch always far from goal. Obviously Peter is not dangerous outside the box, he’s dangerous inside the box but I don’t remember him touching one step in the box except one situation in the second half. Even corners where they are very dangerous they didn’t have many or if they had one or two max.”

Dominant display
“We were very dominant. It would be a football crime if we lose the game. But I’m not happy because I keep not understanding how we miss so many chances every game.”

Source: manutd

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