Before big games, Jose Mourinho has a track record of winding up opposition managers and players in quite an effective fashion…
The Portuguese infamously takes the pressure off his own squad and sticks it on himself, the referee and the other team instead.
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His track record of winning trophies, regardless of his style, is exceptional – so whatever you think of the man – it works.
But before the biggest game of the Premier League season, Liverpool v Manchester United, Mourinho has refused to even acknowledge it – claiming it’s of no particular ‘importance’ to him.
“This is just going to be a regular night’s sleep. Just like any other night. Nothing particularly special or important about it. Goodnight,” he told the Independent.
Now, we’re pretty sure this is a lie and that Mourinho will want three points at Anfield more than anything in the world…
So why choose an answer like this?
Perhaps it’s an attempt to take the crowd out of the game. If Anfield is more fired up, so are our players, which makes the occasion a trickier one for United to navigate…
It’s an early kick-off, which is less atmospheric than an evening match, so again, it’s up to our supporters to create a wonderful derby atmosphere.
Mourinho has said before that Liverpool at Anfield are a different beast when the Kop is behind them.
Let’s prove him right.