Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho and his Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp were at loggerheads during Sunday’s clash between the two teams, and the Portuguese has now explained why.
The incident occurred when forward Roberto Firmino pushed Ander Herrera after the United midfielder had initially fouled the Liverpool man to stop a quick counter-attack.
Both players were booked as an altercation broke out between the two managers.
« He thought I was asking for his player to be sent off. I wasn’t. No problem at all, » the Portuguese explained, as quoted by ESPN.
« I think the game was correct, I think the players gave everything in an emotional way, professional way. I think the referee managed very well that part of the game. So I think the game was a great publicity for the Premier League all around the world. »
Although Mourinho praised his players for their efforts, he also insisted that the quality of the North-West derby could have been better.
« It was a very emotional game, very entertaining. Players are very tired because they gave everything they could give, » he added
« But I think Manchester United can play better than what we did – and, although it’s not my problem, Liverpool can. The game was below the quality of both teams. In terms of a proper Premier League match and derby, though, it had a lot to enjoy. »
United remain in sixth spot, while Liverpool sit five points ahead of the in third spot on the Premier League log.