Jose Mourinho makes ‘control’ claim about Man United and Liverpool

The Manchester United manager insists his players were in control of the game and the emotion in Anfield on Monday night

Jose Mourinho felt Manchester United controlled the game and the emotion at Anfield in Monday night’s goalless draw with Liverpool.

The Red Devils were underdogs heading to Merseyside after Liverpool’s impressive run of four successive Premier League victories, which included emphatic wins against defending champions Leicester City and top-four rivals Chelsea.

However, the 20-time English champions managed to limit Liverpool’s dangerous attack to a mere three shots on target during the north-west derby, with David De Gea producing saves to deny Emre Can and Philippe Coutinho.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic wasted United’s only chance to test Liverpool signing Loris Karius after the Swedish legend’s fellow summer signing Paul Pogba picked out the towering striker with a superb cross.

But Mourinho felt his United side were in complete control despite the visitors finishing with just 35 per cent of the possession at Anfield on Monday night.

“I think it was a very difficult game for us and for them, but I think it was more difficult for them than for us,” Mourinho told his post-match media conference at Anfield.

“We kept control of the game for long periods. In the second half David had two great saves that were isolated from the context. But the game was completely under control, not just from a tactical point of view but also an emotional point of view. We influenced the atmosphere in the stadium.”

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United are in seventh place in the Premier League table ahead of their trip to Mourinho’s former club Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.

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