Published: Sat, December 15, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

United a long way from Mourinho's vision

United a long way from Mourinho's vision

Liverpool, meanwhile, beat Napoli 1-0 in midweek, and have yet to lose in the top-flight this season, sitting one point clear at the top of the Premier League.

LIVERPOOL, Dec 15 ― England's two most successful clubs Liverpool and Manchester United head into their first meeting of the season tomorrow at Anfield in very different form after wildly contrasting campaigns to date.

Jose Mourinho believes Manchester United are "far" from being a team in his image.

Liverpool have lost to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final in 2016, Sevilla in the Europa League final in the same year and Real Madrid in the Champions League final last term.

Only Fulham, Cardiff, Burnley, Huddersfield and Southampton have conceded more than the 26 goals United have shipped, a massive 20 more than Liverpool's water-tight defence.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp responded to Jose Mourinho's jibe about trophies, saying it can not be all he is judged on at Anfield.

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But Klopp was unwilling to criticise United's style, saying that Mourinho's side do not always play negative football. But when we analyse them and switch off the sound, there is a lot of quality.

The arch-rivals meet on Sunday with United looking to maintain their record of having not lost on the ground since 2013, although the fact their last two encounters have been goalless draws with Jose Mourinho's side having 38 and 35 per cent possession respectively says much about the type of games they were.

The 20-time English champions also spent big in January by handing Alexis Sanchez reportedly the most lucrative contract in Premier League history, but the Chilean, who will miss Sunday's clash through injury, has scored just once this season. "I will never be him", he said.

'But I think Jurgen has said already they want to win the Premier League. [Marcus] Rashford and [Romelu] Lukaku, [Jesse] Lingard too are unbelievable.

Mourinho said: "All of them didn't train yesterday again".

The omens do not look good as Liverpool have failed to score in only seven of 60 home league games under Klopp and United have been responsible for three.

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