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Jamie Carragher explains what Man United must do to challenge for the title

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Hoping to maintain the pressure on top-of-the-table Manchester City, Jose Mourinho's Manchester United could only manage a 0-0 draw away at Liverpool on Saturday.

The Red Devils set out very defensively at Anfield and successfully stifled the Liverpool attack to claim a point.

Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola's Manchester City were at their dazzling best as they thrashed Stoke City 7-2 at the Etihad.

“We came for three points," insisted Mourinho in his post-match press conference. "But in the second half we felt it difficult to do that with the match and the dynamic it had.

"I was waiting for Jurgen to change to go more attacking but he kept the three strong midfield players all the time and he had control."

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher wasn't particularly critical of Mourinho's tactics but did have some advice for the Portuguese boss if he plans to challenge for the title.

"First of all I should say I have no problem with what Mourinho did," said Carragher on Monday Night Football, pulling up an interesting graphic of Mourinho's last 10 away game against the top six.

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"He’s always done it, I expected it before the game. Jurgen Klopp said afterwards, Liverpool could never play like that. Maybe his Liverpool could never play like that – my Liverpool did and got results on the back of it. I think the criticism will be saved until the end of the season if results in big away games don’t improve and cost them the title.’

"His way of late is not working. And I go back to when [Peter Schmeichel] was playing – you had possibly six big games. That’s 18 points.

"I think with the top six now, that’s 30 points and that is a big part of the season. If that doesn’t improve then they will not win the league."

The former Liverpool defender made some valid points and fans will see if Mourinho takes any notice when United visit Chelsea in three weeks time.

Mourinho teams have managed just one goal in his last nine games against the Premier League's top six - a truly dismal record.

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Despite their underwhelming display in Liverpool, Manchester United remain unbeaten this season in all competitions.

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