Saturday night saw the end of yet another North West Derby, with the scoreline reading a gloriously disappointing 0-0 thanks to Jose Mourinho’s changed tactics. This has ensured that since his appointment, every single one of these highly anticipated encounters have ended in draws, twice with no one scoring, and one ending 1-1.
But the former Chelsea manager will be all smiles, as his lackluster side managed to maintain defensive discipline and frustrate an otherwise flawless Liverpool side who were always on the attack, and would have scored at least twice if not for David De Gea.
The performance was certainly a break from the tactician’s approach from earlier this season, which saw the Red Devils star in several goal fests with the scoreline of 4-0, making quite many appearances in their favor. Yet, he won’t be bothered by the disappointment of the fans, and an incident that occurred during the match might be an apt reflection of his attitude.
A memorable still from the encounter was the Portuguese manager shaking hands with a Liverpool fan all smiles. Without context, this would have been an absurd sight, but Samuel Luckhurst of the M.E.N Sports was quick to explain, revealing in a tweet:
“Mourinho asked a Liverpool fan for the ball and the Scouser threw it away. Mourinho then went over and shook his hand. #mufc”.
The cheeky move was classic Mourinho, who didn’t lose his cool as some other bosses would have in the same position. This goes on to show that the Mancunian side has placed perfect balance both in strategy and personality in signing the Special One.
Despite the draw, United are still unbeaten in the Premier League, and have shown both their faces – the ruthless attackers (subject to fitness) as well as the frustrating defenders. Fans will be hoping for more of the former in a bid to restore the glory days of the club’s illustrious yesteryears.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.