Mourinho promised United's style of play would improve when he arrived.

Jose Mourinho aims sly dig at Louis van Gaal before Liverpool game

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It may still be relatively early on in the season, but make no mistake - Jose Mourinho can't afford to lose to Liverpool on Monday night.

The Manchester United boss needs a decent result, firstly to silence the baying Anfield crowd who are guaranteed to be on his back from the off.

However, the Portuguese also has something to prove to the United faithful.


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After last season's abysmal displays under Louis van Gaal, Mourinho was brought in because change was needed at the club. Forget parking the bus - the Special One was asked to completely transform the way the Red Devils play football.

Upon his arrival at Old Trafford, he promised dynamism, pace, and actually doing something with possession - in short, the complete opposite of United under LVG.

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While there have been glimpses of what he's clearly been working on on the training ground, his side aren't exactly the finished article going forward.

To be fair, though, he's had a lot to do given the damage Van Gaal did to their style of play.

It must be frustrating for Mourinho, so it's no wonder in his latest press conference, he took the opportunity to aim a subtle dig at his predecessor by referencing the Liverpool game last season.

A dig at Van Gaal? 

“I don’t think what happened last season is going to happen," he said, as per the Guardian.

"Last season, Liverpool had 14 shots on target and United had one and the result was zero-one. I don’t think that is going to happen again, so we are what we are.

"We are playing the way we are playing, we have to improve in many things, but we have a certain style of play and we are not going to change that.”

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Nonetheless, he stopped short of saying his side would be going out on the attack on Red Monday in Merseyside, adding:

“When they have the ball we have to try and stop them scoring, and the best way to do that is to defend with 11 men."

With United already three points behind Liverpool in the Premier League table going into the game, there will no doubt be a contingent of their fans who don't care how they play, as long as they get a result.

It will definitely be interesting to see how the visitors set up, though, and whether they really can banish the ghost of Van Gaal once and for all.

United fans - would you take a result at Liverpool even if he meant Van Gaal football? Have your say in the comments. 

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