Jose Mourinho sacked: Manchester United fire beleaguered manager with immediate effect
- Author: Julie Sanders Dec 18, 2018,
Dec 18, 2018, 13:40
"Not because United were dominating the game, but because it was more open".
"It has changed and you feel because these players have come in, can they deal with all this and with the rivals winning week-in, week-out". We have nothing to lose.
It is increasingly looking like the end game for Mourinho.
Mourinho found some reprieve with a succession of results in November that saw just one loss in nine, including a famous - nay, miraculous - victory at the Allianz in Turin over Juve, but is now once again under the cosh after defeat to Jurgen Klopp's men in their last league fixture.
"Every team in the Premier League can win a game, every team is beatable, but you need to have a very high level of performance to win a game". Sadio Mane's opener crowned that pressure, but United soon responded after Alisson's huge mistake.
He explained: "The management team have had three chances of recruiting a manager, they are probably going to get their fourth and my personal view - and I've said this for some time - the club needs to reset". They kept on attacking, and with Shaqiri' arrival, United's defense had to crack at some point.
One of the fiercest worldwide rivalries in soccer will play out three times in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League when a trio of English teams take on German opposition.
Liverpool, the only unbeaten side left in the league, never looked in danger of letting that record slip in their home fortress and the only surprise was that it was not until the final 20 minutes that they made sure of the win.
But while it has been premature for some to label him as the best in the Premier League after less than half a season, it would also be foolish to suggest that he is a weak link after the Lingard mistake.
However, there will be little sympathy for the Portuguese's protests as he left ￡89 million (US$112 million) signing Paul Pogba on the bench for the full 90 minutes, while ￡52 million summer recruit Fred did not even make the squad.
But Shaqiri's late intervention secured a deserved win for Liverpool that moves them a point ahead of Manchester City at the top of the table.
Elsewhere in Monday's draw, Atletico Madrid will take on Serie A leaders Juventus, Lyon play Barcelona, Roma face Porto while Dutch club Ajax are set to meet holders Real Madrid. Eden Hazard was without a doubt the man of the match with one goal scored and one assist, whom he sent to Pedro.
A huge day at Old Trafford.
The 25-year-old fired Liverpool into the lead in the 72nd minute, firing past David de Gea after seeing his strike deflect off Ashley Young and the crossbar.