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14 Oct 2017

Coach Mourinho Blows Hot To Press After United's Goalless Draw With Liverpool

Jose Mourinho insists he could not change Manchester United's reticent approach at Liverpool because Jurgen Klopp did not give him an opportunity to win the game.
United held Liverpool to a goalless draw at Anfield for the second season running on an afternoon where they had 38 per cent of the possession. Romelu Lukaku and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were particularly ineffectual in a 4-2-3-1 formation and United were indebted to a world-class David de Gea save from Joel Matip in the first-half.

Mourinho introduced substitutes Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford in the second-half but bemoaned his lack of midfield options and argued Jurgen Klopp was also cautious.

"Don't tell me what Jurgen told because I'm not here to comment on his words," Mourinho said. "We come for three [points]. But in the second-half we felt difficult to do that, with the match, with the dynamics it has, I was waiting for Jurgen to change, I was waiting for him to go more attacking, but he kept the three strong midfield players all the time, where he was having control, because I only had Herrera and Matic.

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"When I brought Lingard and Rashford I was waiting for him to bring Sturridge or Solanke but to keep attacking players, but he decided to keep the strong midfield and that midfield today was stronger than my midfield. I had Herrera and Matic, nobody else, I had nobody on the bench to try and make that difference.

"I couldn't bring Herrera to the position where he could be more aggressive in the high pressing, so the team was getting below. At the time I thought my team was waiting for me to do something but I couldn't do anything without any midfield player on the bench so the second-half was more difficult for us.

"For me second-half was a a bit of chess but my opponent didn't open up the door for me to win the game."

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