Jose Mourinho accused his midfielders of overcomplicated play in the draw with Southampton and lamented a lack of “mad dogs” in his Manchester United side.

The Red Devils were 2-0 down after 20 minutes at St Mary’s Stadium thanks to goals from Stuart Armstrong and Cedric Soares, but fought back before half-time thanks to goals from Romelu Lukaku and Ander Herrera .

Mourinho felt a lack of “bite” allowed Armstrong to score Southampton’s first and said his midfielders did not understand that “simplicity is genius” when trying to link the defence to the attack in a lifeless second half.

“We lost so many balls in midfield, so many balls in our transition to the last third that it was difficult to have that continuity,” he told BT Sport .

“We did so well in the last 15, 20 minutes of the first half, we chose to connect to the attacking players by transporting the ball, the right choice of pass, accelerating the game, but in the second half we went back to that dynamic.

“The players don’t understand that simplicity is genius. They keep, keep going to complicated football. But [there was] good spirit, good fight, a great example of players fighting until the limit. I would say, as positive examples, Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones, many others showing that respect for the shirt.”

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