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Manchester United record lowest possession stat against Liverpool

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After all the build up, Liverpool's 0-0 draw with Manchester United at Anfield was drab to put it politely.

Two brilliant David de Gea saves and a bad miss from Zlatan Ibrahimovic were the only highlights of a poor 90 minutes between two sides expecting to finish in the top four this season.

The tepid nature of the game could have been predicted beforehand once Jose Mourinho's starting XI was announced.

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The inclusions of Marouane Fellaini and Ashley Young from the first whistle signalled Mourinho's intention to keep things tight at the back.

At the start of a big week of fixtures, it was important the Red Devils didn't lose Monday night's match and United's Portuguese boss sacrificed some the attacking flair he can usually call upon to ensure they kept a clean sheet.

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While Mourinho is known to be one of the best in the business at organising his team to defend, many United supporters were not used to seeing their side be so negative.

A lot of the post-match analysis is likely to praise Mourinho's men for 'doing a job' on their Merseyside rivals but one stat from the game might slightly disappoint some of the club's diehard fans.

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Man United had just 35% possession over the course of the 90 minutes, which, to those who actually watched the game, wasn't really a surprise.

But after the final whistle, Opta revealed that it was actually the lowest percentage of possession United have had during a Premier League match since the statistics company starting recording in 2003.

Only a few months ago, Mourinho's predecessor, Louis van Gaal, received plenty of criticism for getting his team to keep the ball without doing much with it but the current manager's ethos is the complete opposite.

When asked about the low percentage, Mourinho said: "That was the game we planned, we knew they would press high and we knew it would be hard for them to score."

Mourinho's style certainly isn't pretty but you can't argue against its effectiveness.

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Paul Pogba
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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