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LIVERPOOL MUCH MORE DEFENSIVE – MOURINHO

Manchester United’s lavishness in concerting clear cut chances into great goals this season is a matter of concern to the manager, Jose Mourinho.


The Red Devil’s nine-game winning streak came to an end with Zlatan Ibrahimović’s late header that rescued the team from losing the match to Liverpool.

The $90 million Manchester United sign in, Paul Pogba missed a wonderful opportunity to put his side in the lead at the first half against Klopp’s side last Sunday. The France international dragged his shot too wide in an unpredictable opening 45 minutes bring the world’s most expensive player.

Pogba’s miss added to reducing the number of great opportunities converted by the club this term in the English Premier League to about 32.43 per cent, with united scoring just 12 to 37 opportunities they would reasonably have been expected to convert.

It was a strangely erratic display from the home team and Pogba chose a wrong day to have one of his least eminent performances, most notable for the first half incident.

Klopp believed his team had been the better side for 70 minutes of play “until they came with the long ball”, noting the way Fellani’s introduction changed the game’s complexion and made things difficult for his side to be with the ball.

The Portuguese manager said the defence strategy that Liverpool adopted impelled his decision to bring in the physical Marouane for Matteo Damian at the 76th minute. The switch resulted in just five touches of his United in the Liverpool area, one of which earned the team a goal that came from Ibrahimović’s quick header, causing the equalizer.

Mourinho said: “We lost two points when we wanted all three. The people need to know that Maraoune Fellani is great at and what he is not so good at. Marouane is very good in some aspects.”

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