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Mourinho aims dig at Klopp after Liverpool boss says Man United ‘only try to defend’

Jose Mourinho managed to have a little dig at Jurgen Klopp’s Old Trafford record after the Liverpool boss whinged about Manchester United’s defensive setup.

Manchester United set up with a back three of Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire and Marcos Rojo – the latter a late replacement for Axel Tuanzebe – with Aaron Wan-Bissake and Ashley Young operating as wing-backs.

Despite coming into the game with 17 consecutive Premier League wins under their belt and starting the season in flawless fashion, Liverpool struggled to break down the Red Devils compact defence, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side happy to defend and strike on the counter.

Speaking after the game, Jurgen Klopp seemed to whinge about United’s tactical approach, though Jose Mourinho said that German’s side lacked the ability to break down United’s ‘low block’, as well as aiming a dig at Klopp’s record at Old Trafford which now stands at four draws and a defeat.

“He [Klopp] didn’t like the menu,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.

“He likes meat and he got fish.

“United, with the limitations they have at the moment, they played with five at the back, were solid and didn’t give the chance of transition. Jurgen Klopp didn’t like the menu.

“They [Liverpool] missed quality to play against a team with a low block.

“They have a fantastic record of so many victories. But they have limitations against teams with low blocks. They can smash opponents that play the way they want to play against.

“Jurgen clearly has frustrations. It’s a fantastic situation for his team. But at Old Trafford – which is a special place to win – he [Klopp] never did it.”

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