Liverpool left frustrated again by David de Gea and Manchester United

If nothing else, Liverpool should probably take it as a compliment that Manchester United would choose to approach the game this way. It was the second successive season this fixture has ended in a goalless draw and it didn’t need an overly suspicious mind to deduce that José Mourinho had decided the priority was to avoid being beaten – and to hell with anyone who might question their tactics. Mourinho’s team had averaged three goals a game from their previous seven Premier League fixtures but this was the first time they had faced any of the sides in the top 12 positions. Mourinho altered his tactics accordingly and the second half, in particular, was an exercise in defensive resilience directly beneath the Kop. Liverpool were unable to break them down and Mourinho, remember, has already made it clear what he thinks about the people who might question his methods. For the story of this game, refer to his quote after last season’s Europa League final: “There are lots of poets in football, but poets don’t win many titles.” Continue reading...