Jose Mourinho has admitted that Manchester United couldn’t cope with Liverpool’s intensity after they succumbed to a 3-1 defeat at Anfield.
It was a frenetic start to the game between England’s two most successful sides, with Liverpool taking the lead through Sadio Mane after 24 minutes who latched onto a sublime ball from £40 million summer signing Fabinho.
Manchester United did draw level just nine minutes later though, with Jesse Lingard being the fortuitous benefactor of a rare Alisson mistake in the hosts’ goal, spilling a Romelu Lukaku cross straight into the path of the England international.
However, a second half brace from substitute Xherdan Shaqiri sealed the points for Liverpool to take them back to the top of the Premier League, and speaking after the game, beleaguered United boss Jose Mourinho hailed Liverpool’s ‘fantastic intensity and pressing’ while admitting his side couldn’t cope.
”They are the strong team, but it’s hard to concede two goals in the moment we conceded and the way the goals happened,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.
“Our difficult moment was the first 20 minutes. We couldn’t cope with their fantastic intensity and pressing, but then we were quite calm and it was controlled.
“They became really frustrated when their centre-backs came forwards and fired shots into the stands – that was the period when it was more in control.
“There were two easy goals for Shaqiri and because of the deflections, there was no chance.
“If you speak about fortunate you speak about their second and third goals.”