Sep
03
Man Utd news: Jose Mourinho plans revealed by BBC Sport pundit ahead of Liverpool clash


 That is the verdict of former Manchester United star-turned-pundit Darren Fletcher, who thinks it would be ‘suicidal’ to let Liverpool strut their stuff  United warmed up for the crunch showdown at Anfield on Sunday (4pm) with a limp 2-1 defeat in their final Champions League group game away to Valencia  Mourinho’s men, had they won, could have taken top spot as Juventus lost 2-1 to Young Boys  With Liverpool currently top of the Premier League, United face a daunting challenge, albeit they grinded out a point in a dour goalless draw last season  And Fletcher reckons he knows how Mourinho is likely to set his side up for the encounter  “Manchester United are not drilled enough, they don’t have enough patterns so to go and do that, to play Liverpool in an open game, would be suicidal,” Fletcher said  “The last two seasons at Anfield have been 0-0 and that has shown United sitting back, being hard to beat, looking to nick opportunities on the counter-attack or from set-pieces but not through taking the game to Liverpool  “Jose [Mourinho] will be fully aware of Liverpool’s strengths, nullifying them, sitting deep, not giving them space behind, not letting them win the ball in turnovers in dangerous areas All that will be ruled out. “It will be instructions to play in Liverpool’s half, missing midfield out  “You will probably see Nemanja Matic and Marouane Fellaini and pace either side of Romelu [Lukaku] ” Mourinho, meanwhile, preferred not to talk too much about the Reds, instead reflecting on his side qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League  He said: “This is not about Liverpool [on Sunday] today, this is about Champions League I don’t know why you bring it up.  “We go to every match with the intention to win, sometimes you do sometimes you don’t but the intention is always the same  “Tonight it is job done in a difficult group, I don’t think we were brilliant in this group phase, but with the problems we had and the injuries we had we manged to come here already qualified ” United will go into the hat for Monday’s last-16 draw which place at Uefa’s Nyon headquarters at 11am UK time