Trophies matter, insists Jose Mourinho ahead of Liverpool clash

Mourinho is unsure if there will be signings in January

"I don't think Jose Mourinho will park the full double decker, it'll just be the single decker this time as he'll have them organised and well-drilled to make sure they stay in the game", Thompson told Sky Sports. So I think I have to respect the ones that did it, and I have to respect the ambition of the ones that didn't.

The Senegal global was criticised for a wasteful performance in Liverpool FC's 1-0 win against Serie A giants Napoli in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

The Premier League table doesn't lie and it's clear that a huge gulf in class now exists between Liverpool and Manchester United.

"Rafa Camacho played outstandingly in pre-season and Curtis Jones too".

United, meanwhile, head into Sunday's match at Anfield down in sixth place, having won just seven of their opening 16 matches. Whether they change the manager is another thing but every game feels like a crisis now. The former Borussia Dortmund boss agrees with Sir Alex Ferguson that Liverpool v Manchester United is the English El Clasico.

The Portuguese has always been known for grinding out results against his closest rivals - but since taking charge at Old Trafford the Red Devils have often come up short in crunch fixtures. Liverpool trust their goalkeeper and a back line directed and dominated by the imposing Virgil van Dijk, and that trust is allowing them to play with patience, using their razor-sharp attacking weapons when opportunities present themselves.




Chris Hughton is another manager who could find himself competing for personal silverware on account of what a good job he's doing at Brighton.

Despite Liverpool's obvious firepower up front, it's their £75-million defender that has really transformed that football club from what was an exciting and at times frenetic top-six side to the well-rounded title contender to be taken most seriously, this season.

Soccer AM's Tubes then asked: "Is this team better, though?"

United are second best to Liverpool in nearly every department this season - even though there is a significant amount of potential - that is underused (or misused rather?) by Jose Mourinho in the last 6-8 months. "I hope the people are ready again to create an atmosphere like Tuesday night (in their Champions League victory over Napoli), which was special". His quick movement of the ball will be crucial against Liverpool's counter-press as will his knack of finding the net on the run.

'They are there for the taking - these United players nearly need to stop listening to their manager now.

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