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After 1-1 draw, Mourinho says United could have put seven past Stoke

'That was our best performance by far. We had six, seven, eight great chances to win the game,' said Mourinho. Photograph: (Getty)

AFP Manchester, United Kingdom Oct 03, 2016, 05.20 AM (IST)

After Manchester United drew 1-1 with Stoke City at Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho insisted his team had played the best football of the season.

He also said they could have put seven goals past lowly Stoke City.

A rare error by David de Gea allowed Joe Allen to cancel out Anthony Martial's 69th-minute opener.

But Mourinho refused to be critical either of David de Gea or his forwards, who missed a host of chances.

"It's simple, that was the best performance of the season", said Mourinho.

"Three or four-nil at half-time, six or seven-nil at the end of the game… but the result was 1-1.

"That's football. That's very underserved but, I repeat, that was a much better performance than against Leicester,”  said Mourinho, whose side beat reigning champions Leicester 4-1 the previous weekend. 

"That was our best performance by far. We had six, seven, eight great chances to win the game."

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba, on at least two occasions, wasted glorious chances for United while Stoke goalkeeper Lee Grant -- making only his second Premier League appearance at 33 -- was the man of the match.

"In the first minute, their goalkeeper made an unbelievable save," said Mourinho. "And he kept doing that until the end of the game." 

"He started with an amazing save from Zlatan and ended with an amazing save from Zlatan."

(WION with inputs from AFP)

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