Mourinho on game vs Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp’s side beat Manchester United 3-1 after an emphatic display at Anfield.
Manchester United were simply overwhelmed by a much superior Liverpool at Anfield on the night. Jurgen Klopp’s side defeated Manchester United 3-1 in a dominating performance against Mourinho’s men, who looked a shadow of their past.
Paul Pogba and Juan Mata were on the bench for the game, and the former wasn’t brought on throughout the ninety minutes as Manchester United struggled to hold the ball.
Sadio Mane opened the scoring for Liverpool, but the goal was cancelled by Jesse Lingard as Allison committed a howler. However, it mattered little for Liverpool, as super-sub Xherdan Shaqiri scored two quick-fire goals to ensure three points at Anfield.
Jose Mourinho spoke to Sky Sports after the loss. While he admitted that Liverpool were far superior than his side, Mourinho insisted that United can still finish in the top-4.
Mourinho on game vs Liverpool:
Mourinho stated that the players gave their all on the pitch, but Liverpool were the better side on the day. On being asked if the dressing room has turned its back on him, Mourinho fiercely insisted that his players are fully committed to the club.
“What is that? Are you calling the players dishonest?” Mourinho said.
“I believe they are honest. A footballer has to give the maximum always, no matter the manager. It’s about respect for the club and the fans. The players that were on the pitch gave everything.”
The Manchester United manager further stated that top-4 is still achievable.
Mourinho will be sacked. And should be. But I don’t know why that’s something to be happy about when we’ll finish in the bottom half of the table with Carrick/Butt and then start off the pattern of destruction once more with the next manager working under the Glazers/Woodward.
— Scott Patterson (@R_o_M) December 16, 2018
“We can still finish fourth. It’s not easy but for sure for sure we’re going to finish in the top 6, but the best we can get is fourth.
Talking about the game, Mourinho admitted that Liverpool were the stronger side. However, he also believed that they were fortunate for the two goals in the second half.
“Liverpool are a better team. We can’t compare with Liverpool’s intensity and pressing. They had a strong team. They showed they had the stronger team. It’s hard to accept the way the goals happened.
Mourinho: “If you want to speak about fortunate, then you speak about their second and third goal. Our goal was the result of a good action.“ #mulive [sky]
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“We couldn’t cope with their fantastic intensity in the first 20 minutes, after that we were calm. They were really frustrated with their centre backs shooting into the stands, at that moment the goals came.
“If you want to speak about fortunate then you speak about their second and third goal. Our goal was the result of a good action. Their keeper made what I call a half mistake.”