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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho praised his team for subduing Anfield after they held in-form Liverpool to a dour 0-0 draw in the Premier League on Monday.

The 197th instalment of this fierce rivalry had been dubbed "Red Monday", with Jose Mourinho's first visit to Anfield as United manager and the hosts' fine form adding extra intrigue to an already mouth-watering clash.

"Maybe it is very important for the rest of the world what you all write, but for us it is not important", he said.

But Klopp has defended Sturridge despite his poor display, admitting his tactics made it hard for the England global to make his mark. Mourinho also thought that United had the game under control and that they troubled Liverpool more than the home side troubled them. However, the Reds seem to be finally reaping the benefits and are one of the most creative sides in Europe's top-fives leagues this season.

There was no intensity in the first half and nobody looked confident on the ball or even as though they wanted the ball in the first place.

"We stopped them playing, but they also did very well from the defensive point of view".

"When we recover the ball I was expecting the team to be more unsafe, (although) we had two good chances, but Liverpool did too". Against Stoke [a 1-1 draw], we could have won the game very easily but we got one point and so on and so on.

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Although Liverpool were on the front foot, United did have a golden chance to score themselves with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Mourinho waited until 13 minutes from time to make his first change, with Wayne Rooney replacing Marcus Rashford but it did not change the direction of the game or result.

A huge presence Ibrahimovic might be in the dressing room, but Mourinho will hope his star striker quickly rediscovers his goalscoring touch having scored just once in his last seven games, coming against Zorya in the Europa League. We have got a clean sheet which has not happened for a few games. "That's good, but we can do much better".

"Every player gave everything and this is the way we have to play big matches".

"Defensively we did really well, we should have had a little bit more".

"[There was] a really, really good attitude from my side".