Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes his side “were always in control” during their 2-1 win over Liverpool at Old Trafford.
A first-half brace from United forward Marcus Rashford gave the Red Devils a two-nil lead and put Mourinho’s side in full control.
Defender Eric Bailly spectacularly put through his own net to give Liverpool hope but there was no way back as United soared five points clear of their fiercest rivals.
Despite Liverpool dominating possession and registering 14 shots to United’s five, goalkeeper David de Gea wasn’t forced to make a single save throughout the game.
And Mourinho claims his side were deserved winners of the 200th meeting between the two-sides. Talking to Sky Sports, Mourinho said;
Our team was always in control. Even in set pieces, corners, dangerous situations we were in control so I think we deserved it.
Against Liverpool if you play bad when you have the ball you can be in trouble. In the second half it was not our intention – I cannot say this was the plan. Liverpool pushed us into defensive situation but we kept control. It was a complete performance by us with two different halves.
If people don’t think we deserved it, I don’t care.
The United boss also felt that his side were in control of the game, even when they were without possession. He continued;
We can split the halves – United first half and Liverpool second but in my opinion our first half was a half with goals and danger.
In the second half – in my opinion, and probably the people in the studio have a different opinion – was Liverpool controlling with the ball and United controlling without the ball.
United now turn their attention towards their last 16 Champions League second leg tie with Spanish side Sevilla at Old Trafford.