Manchester United earned themselves a point at Anfield in a 0-0 draw on Monday night.
It takes us five points behind Manchester City and Arsenal, as well as keeping us three points behind Liverpool.
We had the lowest possession of any Premier League game we’ve played in yet still limited Liverpool to just two good chances, with David de Gea saving both.
After the game, Jose Mourinho acknowledged that Zlatan Ibrahimovic should have won it for us with a header, following an excellent cross from Paul Pogba, but was content with the win.
I think it was a very difficult game for us and for them, but I think it was more difficult for them than for us. We kept control of the game for long periods. In the second half David had two great saves that were isolated from the context. But the game was completely under control, not just from a tactical point of view but also an emotional point of view. We influenced the atmosphere in the stadium.
We had a big chance where I thought Zlatan was going to score; if you score that goal, it’s 1-0, goodbye, finished. But I think we missed a little bit of sharpness through the middle. I was expecting more penetration and I was thinking about playing Rashford in the position behind Zlatan but he had cramp and I made a change. At that moment I thought it would be difficult to win now, so let’s not lose it.
In terms of the lack of possession, just 35%, Mourinho insisted that was part of his game plan, proving he is the opposite of Louis van Gaal.
That was the game we planned. We didn’t want to control the game by having the ball all the time. We know that they want to press our first phase and we know that the transition when they lose the ball is really strong and high. We knew it would be very difficult for them to score a goal; what we always thought was that we would score a goal to win the match, which we tried.
Mourinho finished his interview with a dig aimed at the media, or Sky, when pointing out Liverpool aren’t as good as some claim they are.
We tried to start really strong in both halves, but they are a good team. They are not the last wonder of the world like you say they are, but they are a very good team, so we needed to adapt to that.