Steven Gerrard sends ‘perfectionist’ message to Man United fans about Jose Mourinho

The Liverpool legend explains how Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is looking to keep his players motivated

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard Photo: BT Sport

Steven Gerrard believes Jose Mourinho was looking to provoke a response from his Manchester United team-mates ahead of the visit of Everton on Sunday after the manager was critical of his players in the Champions League.

The Red Devils have made a promising start to the 2017-18 season following three victories in their opening four Premier League games to secure top spot in the table ahead of their derby rivals Manchester City.

Manchester United have made a promising start to their Champions League campaign following a 3-0 win against Swiss side Basel at Old Trafford thanks to goals from Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford.

However, the Red Devils took their foot off the gas in the second half with Manchester United leading 2-0 as Mourinho’s players engaged in what their manager described as “Playstation football”.

Manchester United will host Everton in their next Premier League game at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon in search of a return to winning ways following last weekend’s 2-2 draw at Stoke City.

Former Liverpool captain Gerrard believes Mourinho was looking to provide his Manchester United players with some motivation after criticising their second-half performance at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

“He is a perfectionist. That’s why he has had so much success in his career,” Gerrard told BT Sport on Tuesday night.

“He is trying to provoke them to get them on their toes for the weekend after a comfortable win. He doesn’t want complacency to creep in for the weekend.”

Manchester United finished in sixth place in the Premier League table last season.

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