Jose Mourinho has been known very well for his defensive masterclass in matches, as it was evident that he never came to Anfield looking for victory over Liverpool. Right from the kick off, Liverpool bossed Manchester United around the pitch, something which we haven't seen any team done to Manchester United since the start of the season but with all their attempts and possession, they still couldn't breakdown United's defense till 90 minutes, resulting the match ending in 0-0 stalemate.

Some can call Mourinho anything you want but he is a manager with a plan and is sure of seeing that plan fulfilled to the end. During one of his spells in Real Madrid, he said in one press conference that they way you win trophies is my beating all the small teams with big goal difference and drawing the big guns or win them if you can. This was exactly what the game plan was against Liverpool and his players perfectly executed it.

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I personally think that this was a mistake. Liverpool didn't have the best attacking threat especially considering that Mane was injured for them and he is their best player 100%. Because of that, United should have taken advantage of the situation and should have truly tried to win the game because I believe they could have done quite well actually. Liverpool have such a poor defence that United surely could have scored a few goals against them
Posted by kingcool52 on 10-17-2017
I agree with you. Liverpool was certainly handicapped because we can honestly say that without Mane they're not the same team. But United didn't use the right strategy to take advantage of the handicap and the teams nullified each other. It's a shame because I expected a great match.
Posted by Tania997 on 10-17-2017
Personally, I don't count any player that doesn't make the starting line up or bench of any match for any club. Making excuses for them not playing as the reason you lost or didn't play well is just a child's talk to me. S. Mane didn't play, he isn't the only Liverpool player, P. Pogba and M. Fellani didn't play, they both weren't the only United player. So making excuses doesn't change the fact that it was a stalemate 0-0 match.
Posted by Heatman on 10-17-2017
Well, as much as Liverpool was handicap in the match without S. Mane, so was Manchester United without P. Pogba and M. Fellani in midified. This doesn't change the fact that they have other exceptional players in the match, in the person of Cutinho and M. Salah. They played well and Manchester United didn't but the deciding factor in such match outcome was that Jose Mourinho came to Anfield looking for a draw and not a win and it was exactly what he got.
Posted by Heatman on 10-17-2017
One thing I have come to know about Jose Mourinho and his teams right from the days I began watching his team at Inter Milan is the defensive nature of his team on which he always gets a result. This is no difference anyway and I'm happy that we drew instead of losing considering the injuries that are affecting Manchester United team.
Posted by Barida on 10-17-2017
Sir. Alex Ferguson said and I quote that " Striker win matches for you scoring lots of goals but Defense wins you trophy". Ever since hearing this, I knew that Jose Mourinho has made this his number one playing tactics. And considering how the match results of the week went one would come to think that had he changed his tactics, might have resulted in Manchester United losing the match.
Posted by Heatman on 10-17-2017
I couldn't watch this game last weekend, I was too busy that I forgot that I had to watch it but, luckily, I didn't waste my time because the game ended in a draw without goals. I hate watching soccer matches where none of the teams scored. I don't like Mourinho as a manager, I don't know but I don't think he is a good manager
Posted by cubo on 10-17-2017
Personally, before now I never loved Jose Mourinho but I cannot deny the fact whatever the young man goes, success keeps following him. At his spells in Porto, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Real Madrid and now Manchester United, he has tasted success in all his managerial career. So therefore, I have come to respect any decisions he makes without any questions because I have reasons to believe that he knows better.
Posted by Heatman on 10-17-2017
Football is one of my favorite games (another one is cricket), however, I don't watch premier league tournament. I watch the world cup, euro cup, Asia cup, copa America, however, I don't like club based matches. THis is too much commercial. I do of course follow who wins which series and which players are the talk of the town, however, I don't follow any of the club managers including Mourinho.
Posted by vinaya on 10-17-2017
If you love football and doesn't watch the English Premier League, you are definitely missing out on the best league that is ever known to man. I really wouldn't say much on this only that I would encourage you to just try it out for once and have your conclusion.
Posted by Heatman on 10-17-2017
Well I believe that Jose had been a masterclass without a doubt. I don't know much about Liverpool boss much. As he is also quite famous for his tactical prowess. When he was at Dortmund, I liked him quite much. But back to Mourinho, he's is a proven manager who knows his game and pitches out his plan openly.
Posted by muaaz.93 on 10-17-2017
I used to watch him do this exact same thing with other clubs that he had managed so far and most times, I would say it's because he's got a good squad and now he has done it with average defense pairing of Smalling and P. Jones at the centre back. As much as I would desire for us to win the match, I am quite comfortable with the draw looking at other matches of the week and how it all went through.
Posted by Heatman on 10-17-2017
Mourinho follows his game plan to the fullest, the main thing is for the team not to lose against fellow big teams . He also apply his attacking tactics against teams that are not as strong as Man U . He always achieve the end result that he wanted.
Posted by babyright on 10-21-2017
Mourinho's plan against Liverpool worked very well in his favor as he went away to get a draw in a noisy and hostile environment of Anfield and coming back to beat them at Old Trafford 2-1 feels beyond good.

I'm aware that people didn't agree with his tactics to play for draw away at Anfield but seeing the result of Manchester United performance at old Trafford and beating the Reds, it's such a relief.
Posted by Martinsx on 03-28-2018
I know that football is the most popular sport in the world but I still cannot feel the excitement of the game. To be honest, my husband would watch the Bundesliga once in a while and since our tv is inside our bedroom, I would also see it especially if the game is shown during bedtime. And even if I see the jubilant spectators for a play that didn’t score, I couldn’t really feel it unless maybe when the kick earned a goal.
Posted by Corzhens on 04-19-2018
I never used to like football when I was younger. But somehow I got hooked to the English Premier League where there is more drama then a Mexican Soap Opera.Now I'm hooked to the game. I know watch and follow everything that is going on in the football world. Lets see how Manchester United does this season . To be honest I don't think that they will get that far. Manchester United fans under Sir Alex were so used to winning, that they can't see a loss when its staring them in the face. No tactics here guys, you are loosing pretty badly and you will only wake up when you hit rock bottom.
Posted by jaymish on 10-21-2018
Jose is a legend when it comes to coaching. He is one of the best and talented coaches you can see now a days in the Football league. If you were to ask me, look at the legends he has handled and where they have been led up to because of how wise and successful of a coach he has become.
Posted by YoloBoy on 12-17-2018