Premier League legend Alan Shearer has claimed that Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United should be admired for their performances this season, especially after beating Liverpool at the weekend.
Despite being at home, it was visitors Liverpool who went into the game as the favourites with some bookmakers, with the attacking trident of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino looking dangerous against almost everybody.
However, United defied the odds to claim a crucial 2-1 victory against their bitter rivals, as well as opening a five point lead to their nearest rivals in the Premier League table, something to which Shearer says should be admired, despite the style of play used to get there.
“For all the praise that has been lavished on Saturday’s opponents Liverpool and Spurs this season, it is United who will be the best team in the country — after City,” Shearer wrote in the Sun.
“No, it is not always thrills and spills but it is effective.
“Saturday’s showing had a bit of everything. Many people expected Mourinho to sit tight and frustrate from the off, but he didn’t.
“Some of their first-half attacking play at pace was outstanding.
“Marcus Rashford’s return to the line-up was a major plus point.
“Believe me, that skill for his first goal is very hard to execute, flicking it one way with your left foot and then bending it in with your right. They could easily have been three ahead at the break when Juan Mata came close with an overhead kick.
“Then of course things changed. Mourinho killed the game off to ensure the win. That in itself is to be admired.
“There is no point getting such an advantage against an attacking team like Liverpool and then undoing that work by going gung-ho for more.
“United had done the main part of the job in the first half and then finished it off in the second.
“There were no shots on target for either side in that second period. To be fair United didn’t need one but Liverpool did. At one point I wondered whether Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah or Sadio Mane were on the pitch.”
Alan Shearer should know what it’s like to win a Premier League title back in 1995 with Blackburn Rovers before going on to become the league’s all time greatest goalscorer of all time with 260 goals.
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