Jose Mourinho was happy with his defense in a 0-0 draw with Liverpool at Anfield on Monday, but the Manchester United man said his offense left plenty to be desired.
Although Mourinho admitted that a Zlatan Ibrahimovic header could’ve been the difference and made for a perfect road match, he felt the result was always in their hands.
Speaking on NBCSN after the match, Mourinho said the game was a grueling one for both sides and complimented Liverpool… well, mostly.
“It was a very difficult for us and for them. The passing was more difficult for them than for us. We kept control of the game for long, long periods of the game. In the first half we were completely in control. In the second half, David had two great saves but the game was completely in control.
“We should’ve had more. We had a big chance that I thought Zlatan was going to score. You score that goal, bye-bye, 1-0, it’s finished. I expected a little bit more penetration.”
“They are not the last wonder of the world, as you say they are, but they are very good”
I hope no one is the last wonder of the world, as I’m told they never cease.
Also speaking on the game was Ander Herrera, and he was thrilled with United’s road performance, though he also admitted that the finish will have to be there moving forward.
“We did a fantastic job. We can be very proud of our team. Every player gave everything today. This is the way we have to play big matches. We were better in the first half, they were better in the second half. David made two big saves. Both teams didn’t deserve to lose. We can take a lot of things from this game. We want to be champs. We are Man United and we have to win matches.”
The match recalled so many early century Serie A matches, with tactical fouls and little way through the midfield. Perhaps a rematch with a healthy Georginio Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana could bring us the goal that opens it all up, but Mourinho can be happy with his point this week.
Next up in the PL for United is a big Chelsea reunion, though Fenerbahce and the Europa League await Thursday.