Lack of attacking options affected my substitutions against Man Utd – Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho watched his side play a score draw against Manchester United on Friday.

The game which was played behind closed doors without fans of both sides saw the Spurs faithful sing songs of paise after Steven Bergwijn put their side in the lead.

The Dutch International who joined North London side from PSV in the summer window of 2019 dashed pass the Red Devils defenders to power the shot pass experienced David De Gea.

But Manchester United pulled the equalizer from a well-taken penalty by Burno Fernandes just under 20 minutes left for a regulation time.

The Portuguese manager has stated that the lack of attacking options was the reason he’s side couldn’t impact the game.

“Happy with things and unhappy with others,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “What did I like? I liked the team attitude, organization, control, being solid. Giving to United what they don’t like.

“Unhappy with the fact that the way I was reading the game I had no bench to react to it. When they became more dominant we were tired upfront and could not press.”

Tottenham was without Dele Alli who was suspended by the English FA following his Covid-19 joke back in February.

Also, Lucas Moura was ruled out after he picked up an injury in training prior to the game.

He added: “The players did fantastic work defensively – they had two dangerous shots that Hugo Lloris saved and nothing else. Everything else was under control. For 70 minutes, when we had the energy, we were strong with the ball and we knew what we wanted to do.

“I have to admit for the last 15 minutes I would love to have had Lucas Moura here, Dele Alli here. The last 15 minutes were difficult for us.”

Former Chelsea manager has revealed his optimism that both Alli and Moura will be available when his side faces West Ham in the London derby next week.

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According to Jose: “Lucas and Dele are players we need and we could feel that today. When you look to their bench and then to ours the difference in attacking options. Hopefully, they will be back for West Ham because at this moment it is very, very important to change players.”

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