Pundits throw support behind Jose Mourinho as Man Utd tactics pay off

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While he may have infuriated and disappointed many of us with his negative tactics on Saturday, Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho has received plenty of support.

It became apparent at Anfield that United were set up to ultimately secure at least a point against Liverpool, as they defended soundly and didn’t take too many risks going forward.

In turn, many criticised the visitors for their lack of adventure and desire to go out and win the game, but Mourinho has been backed by several pundits who understand the reasoning behind his tactics and believe that ultimately it was the right thing to do.

First up, is Danny Mills. Speaking to BBC 5 Live Sport, the former defender insisted that Mourinho was essentially looking at the bigger picture and worked out what Man Utd needed in order to eventually win the Premier League title.

It’s always difficult to come away from Anfield with something to show for your efforts, and so picking up a point and preventing Liverpool from closing the gap was a sensible thing as far as Mills is concerned.

The reasoning might have been a little different but ultimately the Sky Sports Sunday Supplement panel also made their case in support of Mourinho.

The Sun’s Neil Custis, The Telegraph’s James Ducker and The Daily Mail’s Martin Samuel all argued in favour of Mourinho’s approach, and all three hinted at the fact that Jurgen Klopp should also be blamed for not taking more risks and really going for it.

Ultimately, the opposing argument could be that the Liverpool boss failed as he couldn’t find a way through a stubborn United team and that’s on the hosts rather than pointing the finger of blame at Mourinho.

Which ever way you view it, it wasn’t a classic between the two old rivals and they’ll go on with their respective seasons now looking to reach their objectives with another point in the bag.

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