Tuesday 27 June 2017

Jose Mourinho has cheeky pop at 'defensive' Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (left) embraces Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (left) embraces Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho felt his side deserved to win despite not being at their best in today's draw with Liverpool at Old Trafford.

James Milner slotted home a first-half penalty for the Reds before Ibrahimovic levelled with six minutes remaining to secure a share of the spoils.

The draw extended United's unbeaten run in the Premier League to 12 games but the Red Devils saw their nine-game winning streak in all competitions come to an end.

Liverpool are still searching for their first win of 2017 but the point did move Jurgen Klopp's side up to third, level on points with second-placed Tottenham and seven adrift of leaders Chelsea.

Mourinho said: "We can do, and have done, much better this season in terms of the quality of our game, and their game in my opinion too.

"We created chances but they scored a penalty and in the second half we had a few important chances too.

"It's good to see that Liverpool also can play defensively, and in the counter-attack they were always dangerous.

"I think we deserved more, but the point is something I think everyone has to accept. I thought a few more minutes and we could have done it.

"They stopped our run in terms of consecutive victories in the Premier League, but they didn't stop our run of being unbeaten for a long time.

"Next week we have another match, let's go for it."

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Reds boss Klopp praised his side despite being denied all three points in the closing stages.

The German said: "It was a very positive performance, we played the better football, but what can I say?

"The boys did really well. The performance was good, you can see it is still intense for us at the moment, but we're still playing good football.

"It's nicer when you have this work-rate and you have all three points.

"It was on the edge, it was quite hectic. We could have been more clinical, but in the last 20 minutes United were doing only long balls, it was difficult."

Klopp was also pleased with Trent Alexander-Arnold's performance on the 18-year-old right-back's first Premier League start.

Klopp added: "It was an outstanding performance. It is good to have him, the right-back spot is in good hands even when (Nathaniel) Clyne isn't fit."

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic, right, rescued a point for Manchester United

Zlatan Ibrahimovic admits Manchester United made "simple mistakes" despite rescuing a late 1-1 draw.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Ibrahimovic said: "We get one point, but we were not on the top of our game.

"It was a hard fight, we were 1-0 down and we chased and, at the end, we got the equaliser.

"We did simple mistakes. We were not feeling comfortable under the pressure of the opponent and I think we played the wrong way.

"If we would have played like we did in the second half in the first half it would have been a different game.

"We were more direct (in the second half). We did too many mistakes in our build-up (in the first half)."

Ibrahimovic now has 19 goals from 29 appearances this season and his latest effort helped close the gap on fifth-placed Manchester City to two points.

The former Sweden striker added: "We would have liked to win, of course, to close the gap even more, but we haven't lost a game for a long time."

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