Mourinho blasts ‘boring’ Liverpool; says United ‘wanted more’

Date published: Tuesday 18th October 2016 7:22

Jose Mourinho: Takes a swipe at Liverpool

Jose Mourinho claimed Liverpool, and not his Manchester United side, should be criticised after Monday’s goalless draw at Anfield.

United’s defensive tactics saw them have just 35 per cent of possession, their lowest total in the Premier League since Opta started collecting data in 2003.

Nevertheless, despite managing just one shot on target and winning only one corner, Mourinho claimed Reds counterpart Jurgen Klopp should be the one under the spotlight.

“Last season United won here. Liverpool had 14 shots on target and Untied had one,” said the Portuguese.

“How many shots on target did Liverpool have on target today? Two (official statistics actually recorded three).

“Two shots on target with 65 per cent of possession. You have to be critical of Liverpool. It is their problem, not our problem.

“I think it was a good performance. It was a difficult match for us and for them and I think we controlled the game tactically and emotionally and it is not easy to do both things here.

“The result I think is acceptable. We wanted more. For long periods in the game we thought that could be possible but we didn’t score and, if you don’t score, you don’t win. But I think it was very positive performance.

“We stopped them playing, but they also did very well from the defensive point of view.

“They played (Emre) Can and (Jordan) Henderson for some reason and they did that for 90 minutes, so they normally project more players in attack.

“They were very cautious. They kept always Can and Henderson in position. They had only one player behind the three more offensive players.

“I think it was their intention to try and control us, which they also did well.”



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Mourinho was also critical of the media, suggesting they had a bit of an obsession with Klopp’s team this season.

“I think it was a more difficult game for them than it was for us,” he added on Sky Sports after the game.

“We knew it would be very difficult for them to score a goal and thought we’d score a goal to win the match, which we tried to do.

“We tried to start strong in both halves but they are a good team.

“They are not the last wonder of the world like you (the media) say they are but they are a very good team so we had to adapt a little to them.”


Opta stats

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

This is only the second time in Premier League history a meeting between these sides has finished 0-0 (also September 2005).

Manchester United had just 35% possession vs Liverpool, their lowest total in a Premier League match since Opta began recording this data in 2003-04.

This is Jose Mourinho’s lowest points total after his first eight league games with a new club since his stint with Uniao de Leiria (10 points).

Indeed, Manchester United had two more points at this stage last season under Louis van Gaal (16) than they do this season (14).

The Reds have only failed to score in two of their 18 home Premier League games under Jurgen Klopp, though both of those have been against Manchester United.

After scoring with four of his first 15 shots in the Premier League, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has failed to find the net with any of his last 26 in the competition.

Despite having 58 fewer touches in the opposition box (6 vs 64) than Man City this weekend, Man Utd claimed as many points (one).


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