Jose Mourinho is "very proud" of two Man Utd players

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By Jose Mourinho's high standards, he'll likely be disappointed with the start his Manchester United players have made to the new season.

Having won four of their opening seven games, the Red Devils currently sit sixth in the Premier League, five points behind rivals and league leaders Manchester City.

An impressive start saw victories over Bournemouth, Southampton and Hull City, but United have since slumped to defeats against City and Watford and most recently drew 1-1 at home to Stoke City.


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Mourinho will only hope his players up their game for Monday's away clash with Liverpool.

In the build-up to the heavyweight encounter, the Portuguese manager has named two United players who have made him "very proud" recently: Jesse Lingard and Ander Herrera.

The midfield pair recently made their mark on the international stage for England and Spain respectively, which Mourinho congratulated them on.

Speaking to MUTV, he said: "I like my players to go to the international teams.

"I know that other managers don’t like it. I know that other managers, they even try to stop them to go. I know there is sometimes also a bit of a fake injury to stop people to go. I'm not like that.

"I'm always very proud of my players to be selected and especially these two (Lingard and Herrera) that you refer to.

"One was a debutant, the other was a call-up to the Spanish team. It's obviously important for them and it's good for me and I think also the club feels proud of it."

Mourinho will have also been proud of how Lingard defended teammate Marcus Rashford during a brawl between England and Slovenia's players on Tuesday - assuming he was watching.

Where next Monday is concerned, Mourinho expressed his excitement at experiencing Anfield's atmosphere for the first time as United manager.

"I always like to play at Anfield," he added. "I have won big matches and lost big matches there, so I cannot say I like to go there as I am always successful as this is not true.

"I like to go there, I like the atmosphere and the characteristics of the matches. It is a big match that can be comparable to Inter v Milan and Real v Barcelona, maybe Porto v Benfica - this I like."

United are regarded as underdogs heading into the game, with their hosts fourth in the table and in fine form.

Liverpool have won four of their last five Premier League matches, most notably dispatching Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge and Leicester City 4-1 at Anfield.

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