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Mourinho: ‘We kept control of the game’

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho thought his side controlled most of the match in the scoreless draw against Liverpool on Monday at Anfield.

United only saw 35 percent of the ball, but had the upperhand in the first half. The Red Devils did a good job of taking time away from Liverpool through a high press which kept the home side from playing a high tempo game. Liverpool played better in the second half, and had a couple of chances to score, but David De Gea had a good game in net for United.

Mourinho thought the game was difficult, but more so for their opponents.  

“It was a very difficult game but more difficult for them than us,” Mourinho said. “We kept control of the game for long periods and started really well and were in control.

“David de Gea made good saves but they were isolated from the context, it was under control, we controlled the emotion of ourselves.

“Tactically from a defensive view we did really well. We had big chances, I thought Zlatan was going to score but we missed sharpness through the middle. I was expecting a bit more penetration.

“We did not want to control the ball all of the time. We knew they would press. We know the transition when they lose ball they press high. We had to adapt to the situation, we always thought we would score to win the match but they are a very good team.”

With the point, United slipped down to 7th place, while Liverpool remains in 4th place.

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