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Mourinho admits Man Utd couldn’t cope with Reds

Manchester United were defeated 3-1 by Liverpool in the Premier League this morning, leaving them in 6th place of the standings and 19 points behind their Anfield opponents.

And in rather unusual fashion, the 55-year-old Manchester United boss, was full of praise for Jurgen Klopp’s side following the defeat.

“(Andrew) Robertson, (Sadio) Mane; (Mo) Salah, (Gini) Wijnaldum, (Naby) Keita, Fabinho – they are physical players and – on top of that – they are good players technically. I also have lot of good players technically but we don’t have lots of players with that intensity.

“When the game has high levels of intensity, it is difficult for us. Our first 20 minutes was difficult. When we had the ball, and the tension and intensity, went down it was easier for us to be in the game.

“You can compare my Porto team with Liverpool. You can compare. The qualities of the players are there. It was my best team in defensive transition. We lose the ball and we bite like mad dogs and recover the ball after a few seconds.

“The players gave everything, and when the players give everything I am never frustrated towards them. I have a good feeling towards them. They play in relation to their qualities, the same way Liverpool play in relation to their qualities.

“They are fast, they are intense, they are aggressive, they are physical, they are objective. They play 200 miles per hour with and without the ball. I am still tired just looking at Robertson! He makes 100 metre sprints per minute. Absolutely incredible. These are qualities,” he said.

The victory marks the first time Liverpool have beaten Manchester United at Anfield in the Premier League since 2013.

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