United staged a second-half comeback inspired by Paul Pogba, who set up the equaliser netted by Anthony Martial after substitute Juan Mata had halved the deficit with a free-kick.
'The only thing I said to the players is that they did a great job, we have to manage situations better but to be fair they were pushing and pushing, they have so mnay good players it was hard. We think the fans deserve better.More news: NZDF arrives in Indonesia with emergency aid after tsunami
Benitez, who was happy with his team performance, said Fellaini and Sanchez changed the game. "It's a pity because, for 70 minutes, the organisation and determination of the team was so good".
"We know that our opponent needs points too, Rafa is brilliant at analysing the qualities of his opponents ad trying to beat them", Mourinho added of his rival.More news: Nintendo has patented a working Game Boy shell for your smartphone
"They continued pushing and pushing, and it was hard to defend".
And Ashley appears to be trying to restore his relationship with Benitez and his players, taking them for dinner on Wednesday in an attempt to fix their working terms. "When you're 2-0 up, the chances that we had to score a third goal could make the difference".
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A source close to Ashley said that he "refutes in the strongest possible terms" claims from some people on social media that he made a V-sign towards them after leaving the restaurant.