Much was made of the fierce rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester United ahead of Monday’s Premier League clash at Anfield.
The two clubs love to hate each other and the rivalry was ramped up with a certain Jose Mourinho in the United dugout.
Mourinho has clashed with the Reds on numerous occasions in his career - most notably in 2014 when he employed extremely negative tactics to win 2-0 and effectively kill Liverpool’s title hopes.
But it seems that Liverpool fans don’t hate Mourinho as much as we thought. That’s because a picture has emerged of a group of supporters taking photos of Mourinho as he took his place in the Anfield dugout ahead of the 0-0 draw.
The image has been circulating on social media this morning and was picked up by a certain Gary Neville. He posted it on Twitter to mock Liverpool supporters with the caption: “Welcome to Anfield.”
If Liverpool fans were taking pictures of Mourinho before the match, they certainly wouldn’t have given him the same respect following a goalless draw.
Mourinho frustrated the home side throughout the 90 minutes and they succeeded in killing any momentum that Jurgen Klopp tried to build. The Portuguese boss was happy to take a point and, with time running out, shut up shop to ensure they didn’t concede.
Neville felt that the best result United could have hoped for was a draw against Liverpool as they lacked the quality to counter-attack when the home side lost the ball.
Neville on United's performance
"[The performance] Tells you a little bit about where United are at tonight," Neville said.
"In Mourinho's first year back at Chelsea he said they weren't ready to win the league and I don't think this Manchester United team are.
"The game plan was good but you've got to be able to counter-attack off of it, and that's the next step to really cause problems. But they didn't really have the quality or the pace to do that.
"United did exactly what Mourinho would have wanted but he said afterwards they fell a little bit short in the attacking third, and they didn't get enough set-pieces either.
Mourinho blames Liverpool
However, Mourinho didn’t feel it was his fault that ‘Red Monday’ failed to live up to the hype. He blamed Liverpool for their inability to break them down, despite dominating possession.
"Two shots on target with 65 percent of possession. You have to be critical of Liverpool. It is their problem, not our problem,” he said.
"I think it was a good performance. It was a difficult match for us and for them and I think we controlled the game tactically and emotionally and it is not easy to do both things here.”
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