Sunday 15 December 2019

Jose Mourinho v Jurgen Klopp - Managers in focus

Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp set to clash at Old Trafford on March 25th
Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp set to clash at Old Trafford on March 25th

Manchester United drew 1-1 with arch-rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford.

Here Press Association Sport looks at how the two managers Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp fared.


Mourinho went with his strongest line-up with Zlatan Ibrahimovic back up front after illness in midweek. Klopp was hamstrung by the absence of fit-again centre-back Joel Matip, left out as FIFA had not confirmed his availability in a club-versus-country row, a late injury to Nathaniel Clyne which saw Trent Alexander-Arnold handed a Premier League full debut at right-back and the recovering Philippe Coutinho only fit enough for a place on the bench.


Klopp's decision to start Divock Origi up front in a 4-3-3 instead of Daniel Sturridge gave United's defence, particularly Phil Jones, plenty to think about with the Belgian always offering an outlet and willing to run in behind. Mourinho was forced into a change of formation at half-time as he went to a 4-2-3-1 with Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera playing deeper to try to gain more control.


Trailing at half-time Mourinho replaced holding midfielder Michael Carrick with striker Wayne Rooney in an attempt to put more pressure on Liverpool's defence. The United boss also moved Henrikh Mkhitaryan to left-back to accommodate Juan Mata as they searched for the equaliser but the introduction of Marouane Fellaini changed the complexion of the game.

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