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One damning statistic sums up Man United's Jose Mourinho-style performance last night

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Jose Mourinho has made a career out of securing away results against top teams by setting his side up in a defensive manner.

The Portuguese manager is known for sending out well-organised teams that are able to absorb huge amounts of pressure without yielding, and so it proved tonight as his Man United side slowed down Liverpool's freight train of an attack and left Anfield with a 0-0 draw.

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The result is a good one on the face of it but Man United's performance will raise a lot of questions among their fans. After spending so much money in the summer, many will be disappointed that Mourinho set up the Red Devils in a conservative manner.

One statistic sent out by OptaJoe sums up the conservative tactics used by Mourinho and the unadventurous display from his side.

Man United had just 35% possession at Anfield, which is the lowest share of the ball the team has had since Opta started tracking that category in 2003.

Ultimately, United left with a positive result, but the negative display will leave supporters expecting a more open style in the near future given the attacking firepower at Mourinho's disposal.

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