Mourinho’s Classic Reaction To Klopp Complaining About United’s Tactics

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp.

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Manchester United’s encounter against Liverpool went much better than most supporters would have anticipated. The Red Devils opened the scoring via Marcus Rashford in the first half, but Old Trafford was unlucky enough to witness a late goal from Adama Lallana rob them of two points.

There were many who were anticipating a game similar to the one at Anfield last season which saw Jose Mourinho lose his job at Manchester United.

Now a pundit, the Portuguese tactician had choice words for Jurgen Klopp.

Mourinho, while speaking for Sky Sports, was typically brutal in his assessment of Klopp’s side at Old Trafford and attacked the gaffer’s opinion that United played too defensively stating: “That’s because he (Klopp) didn’t beat Man United at Old Trafford. He didn’t like the menu. He wanted meat and got fish.”

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Mourinho went on to add: “He was not happy, and they are of course much stronger playing against a side who gives them chances on the counter-attack and on the transition but United at this moment play with a different profile. They didn’t like the menu.”

Klopp was a figure of frustration for much of the game. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tactics worked to perfection in the first half, taking the wind out of Liverpool who were already bereft of Mo Salah and hence lacking their erstwhile attacking edge.

In this regard, Mourinho’s comments appear all too fair and certainly on point given that Liverpool had the better part of the possession in the second half.

Then again, Klopp’s persistence is arguably what salvaged the Merseyside club a point in the end. Liverpool still remain undefeated in the Premier League and despite the fact that the United draw broke their long win streak, they still appear strong contenders to the title with their comfortable lead at the top.