The biggest talking point from Man Utd’s goalless draw with Liverpool on Saturday was Jose Mourinho’s tactics, and they have certainly split opinion.
For the neutral, it was a nightmare. It became progressively clear that the visitors at Anfield were only there to take a share of the spoils and focused on defence first with no real intent of attacking with serious purpose.
That resulted in a relatively drab game which ended with no goals, and while some have celebrated Mourinho’s tactics and Man Utd’s resolve by insisting that it was effectively job done for them, others are not happy.
That includes Aaron, who phoned up BBC 606 on Saturday to express his disappointment with the performance, and he also issued a warning ahead of the encounter with Tottenham on October 28.
While BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson was quick to point out that Man Utd won’t adopt similar tactics at home against Spurs, it remains to be seen what Mourinho does as the same threat seemingly applies. Tottenham will press aggressively and look to take the game to them, albeit perhaps a little more cautiously away from home, and so Man Utd will have to either retreat into their shell again or meet Mauricio Pochettino’s side head on.
The threat of the former is undoubtedly there regardless of Lawrenson’s opinion, and for a club that has prided itself on an attacking style of play over the years, it remains to be seen how many times Mourinho can get away with it.
In fairness though, Lawrenson also made another valid point. When questioning Aaron, he was adamant that United should be pleased with a 20-point haul from their first eight games of the season. That in turn leaves them as the closest rivals to Man City at the top and so there isn’t too much to be upset about.
— BBC 606 (@bbc606) October 14, 2017