José Mourinho wanted his Manchester United squad to play some football. In this, arguably the biggest fixture in English football, Mou wanted the kind of open, free-flowing, attacking football that reflects his own philosophy on how the game should be played. You know, like he did when he sent out an 8-1-1 side at Anfield back in October’s goalless draw. Life and football are simply too short to play for the draw.
“I didn't think the game had super quality. We didn't reflect the qualities we have and Liverpool have - but it was very emotional, intense, aggressive. We fought until the last second. They were clever. They took their time, they know how to play football and control the emotions of the game. They knew they would be in trouble in the final few minutes. We were the team that attacked and Liverpool were the team that defended - let's see if the critics are fair. I enjoyed it but I will obviously be disappointed we didn't get the three points.”
Poor, poor Mourinho. His vision for football played at such a high attacking level is too pure and too good for this fallen world of ours. If only there weren’t so many dour curmudgeons like Jürgen Klopp lying in wait to thwart him at every turn.