Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke has taken a swipe at Jose Mourinho’s defensive approach during the 0-0 draw at Anfield on Saturday.
The two sides played out yet another uneventful goalless draw as the Portuguese, with Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick all injured, deployed a midfield duo of Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic.
Liverpool enjoyed plenty of the ball but only really opened up Man United once when Joel Matip’s shot was brilliantly saved by David de Gea, while Romelu Lukaku came closest to scoring for the visitors.
And Yorke, speaking after the game, was quick to criticise Mourinho for failing to take the game to Liverpool.
“I think Sir Alex Ferguson was a different manager (to Mourinho),” he said.
“He understood the Manchester United way of playing. He installed a lot of confidence in us. He made us feel that we could go to the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal back in the day and overturn them. Not just to go there and get a draw but to go there and also win a game.
“So we were pretty confident whether we were playing at home or away. We had a winning mentality to go to the likes of Liverpool and to the likes of Arsenal and certainly get a result.
“Sir Alex Fergsuon approached the games with a winning attitude, a winning mentality, and that’s how we approached it back then.”
Citing Sir Alex Ferguson’s approach is all well and good, but attention ought to be drawn to the fact that the Scot lost four of his last six visits to Anfield.
This isn’t to say that Ferguson had lost his knack, or that his approach was ostensibly wrong, but rather that going to Anfield isn’t easy, especially if you try to play an expansive game.
What Mourinho did, in effect, was invite Jurgen Klopp – now with one win in eight – to gamble and throw an extra man forward, opening up the midfield game in the process. But he didn’t and, in turn, left the game deadlocked, with United hardly looking troubled in the second half.