José Mourinho drove up to Anfield on Monday night, parked the bus and then smugly said that Liverpool are not “the last wonder of the world”.
Yet after Manchester United’s 0-0 draw in the Premier League at Liverpool 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 Jurgen Klopp’s attractive side, thanks to the tactical excellence of his stifling set-up and a couple of blinding saves from David de Gea,
But the Red Devils’ own Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic didn’t give their money’s worth in attack.
United legend Gary Neville, watching from the Sky Sports studio, said: “I don’t think this team are ready to win the league. “They don’t have the quality to counter-attack at pace.”
But Mourinho, though, was adamant: “We controlled the game not just tactically but the emotion of the game. That was probably the quietest Anfield I had and I was expecting it to be the other way. I think was a positive performance.”
“They are not the last wonder of the world like you like to say they are.
“People expected us to come here and be really in trouble, which we were not.”
The Special One’s next match is hosting Fenerbahce in the Europa League tomorrow, before returning to Chelsea on Sunday.