Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge says Jose Mourinho’s presence at Man Utd adds extra spice to Monday’s night’s Premier League clash at Anfield.
Mourinho will go to Merseyside for the first time as United manager, guaranteeing him an even hotter reception than he is used to from the Kop.
Aldridge admits he wants Liverpool to beat United even more than usual because of Mourinho’s involvement, and the former striker expects the Red Devils to “park the bus” on Monday.
“The fact that Jose Mourinho is Manchester United manager adds extra spice to a fierce rivalry. It also means that beating them would be even sweeter,” he wrote in the Liverpool Echo.
“Liverpool fans didn’t mind Louis van Gaal. They didn’t really have a problem with David Moyes but they can’t stand Mourinho, especially after the way he conducted himself in the games against us with Chelsea.
“He’s guaranteed a hostile reception and I think Mourinho’s tactics will be exactly the same as when he brought Chelsea to Anfield in April 2014 (the day Liverpool’s title bid foundered with a 2-0 defeat).
“Mourinho is a defensive manager and he will park the bus and then try to feed off our mistakes by hitting us on the break.
“I’m sure he will also place a big emphasis on set-pieces because United are a big team physically and they know that’s been an area of weakness for us at times.”