Smug Devils thrive

Mou happy but faces pres­sure after An­field

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

Jose Mour­inho could not help sound­ing a lit­tle smug about dent­ing the hype sur­round­ing Liver­pool when he said his Manch­ester United team had shown that Juer­gen Klopp’s high fly­ers were not “the last won­der of the world” on Monday.

Yet after a 0-0 draw in the Pre­mier League at An­field, low on qual­ity and high on yawns, the sat­is­fied Spe­cial One might just as well have re­flected on the lack of star­dust sprin­kled by his own ex­pen­sive won­ders, who of­fered just one shot on tar­get in a game to for­get.

United held Klopp’s at­trac­tive side with rel­a­tive com­fort, thanks to the tac­ti­cal ex­cel­lence of his sti­fling setup and a cou­ple of blind­ing saves from David de Gea yet they of­fered pre­cious lit­tle in at­tack­ing in­ven­tion and cre­ation. Their two mega-sign­ings of the close sea­son, Paul Pogba and Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic, com­bined for their best mo­ment, only for the Swede’s close-range header from the French­man’s cross to bum­ble harm­lessly across goal.

This summed up United’s blunt edge and left one of their distin­guished old boys, for­mer Eng­land full­back Gary Neville, watch­ing from the Sky Sports stu­dio, to opine: “I don’t think this team are ready to win the league. “They don’t have the qual­ity to counter-at­tack at pace.”

Mour­inho, though, was adamant: “We con­trolled the game not just tac­ti­cally but the emo­tion of the game. ”

He reck­oned the Bri­tish me­dia had been swoon­ing about Liver­pool’s form and de­clared: “They are not the last won­der of the world.

“Peo­ple ex­pected us to come here and be re­ally in trou­ble, which we were not.”

“They are not the last won­der of the world. Peo­ple ex­pected us to come here and be re­ally in trou­ble, which we were not.” -JOSE MOUR­INHO

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Manch­ester United man­ager Jose Mour­inho with Ash­ley Young dur­ing their Pre­mier League against Liver­pool at An­field Oc­to­ber 17.

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