Jose's post-match press conference
See what Mourinho told the media at Anfield, following United's Premier League loss to Liverpool...
How do you assess that performance? The players they gave everything, and when the players they give everything, I’m never upset or frustrated with them. I have a good feeling towards them. They play in relation to their qualities – the same way the opponent played in relation to their qualities. They are fast, they are intense, they are physical, they are objective. They play 200mph with and without the ball. I am still tired just to look at Robertson. He makes I think a 100m sprint per minute – absolutely incredible. These are qualities. So when the game was really intense in the first 20-25 minutes, it was difficult for us to cope with it. In the second half when the game slowed down, when we compact better, when we had more time to have the ball and to play, we were in a good position in the game with the 1-1, with 20-25 minutes to go and some semi-dangerous approaches in the box. So it's hard to lose in the moment where the game was dying. And when Van Dijk, Fabinho, Lovren, they were coming with the ball, they didn’t find space, they had to shoot from 30 metres. Shots that were easy to David, shots to the stands. And it was exactly in that moment where we were complete under control that we lose the game, with two shots that David saves, easy shots [but for the deflection], but because of the rebounds, they were goals. So I would say Liverpool deserve the victory, but it's hard for my players to work hard like they did and to lose exactly in the moment where we didn’t believe we would lose. If you tell me in the first 20 minutes we were going to lose, I would say: ‘Yes, it looks so’. But in the moment where we lost the game, it was exactly in the moment where we didn’t look like we were going to lose. It was a difficult game for Romelu today… I think he didn’t have a bad game at all. I think he fought hard, he had good movement, he set up the goal, he gave more problems today than he gave last season when we come here for the 0-0 draw. He was lively, he had good movement, he had good movement, he had good interactions. Sometimes his first touch is not the best and he loses lots of balls in the first touch. Today it didn’t happen. He had some good links. He fought hard. He played positively the last game against Fulham, and today, a very difficult match to play, I think he was positive. Can you still make the top four? What gives you that belief. Yes. My belief is that we are going to get much more points in the second part of the season than we did in the first part. I know that we lost some of our other matches, but we've played away Liverpool, Chelsea and Man City - probably the best three teams, apart of Tottenham. But we play with them away. We have the possibility to do much more points in the second part of the season than in the first part. How would you describe the qualities of this Manchester United side? First of all, we have lots of problems related with physicality. We have lots of our players that I could consider injury problems. Because some of our players are always injured, it’s not with me. [It] was before me, if you look to the stats with Mr Van Gaal and before Mr Van Gaal with David. If you look to that period we have players that are permanently injured. When you are permanently injured, physicality is very difficult to get. Then there are qualities that a player has or doesn’t have. You cannot improve, you cannot make them have. I give you an example. Robertson, Mane, Wijnaldum, Keita, Fabinho – they are physical players. On top of that, they are good players technically. I also have lots of players technically, but we don't have many players with that intensity, that physicality. So when the game has high levels of intensity, it's difficult for us. Our first 20 minutes was difficult for us. Then, when we had the ball, when the tension went down, when the intensity went down, it was easier for us to be in the game. We managed to have the ball and to bring the game into our side, in the sense of, now we are playing the way we can. And these are our qualities. I think you like to say sometimes that it’s the manager’s choice. You can compare my Porto team with Liverpool. You can compare, because the qualities of the players are there. It was my best team in defensive transition. We lost the ball and we bite like mad dogs and we recover the ball after seconds. In Real Madrid, I had my best team in direct counter-attack, because I had young Di Maria, young Ronaldo, young Higuain, young Benzema. We killed everybody in offensive transition. In Inter, I had my best team in a defensive low block, where people like Materazzi, Samuel, Lucio, Cordoba, in a low block. You can be there five hours and you don’t concede a goal. So players make team make teams play in a certain way. Could you have done more to change the face of your squad? A football team is not just a squad. It’s much more than the squad. And I repeat: I'm really really happy with the players I had on the pitch - with their attitude and their effort. I’m more than happy, and because I’m more than happy, I assume the responsibilities of the defeat, and I want them to be hidden behind me. They gave everything. Honest people, they gave absolutely everything. Eric Bailly knows that he plays one minute before the game, Lindelof trained one day to play. Dalot trained one day to play. Darmian trained one day to play. Ashley Young played with a sore ankle, and I could go on and on and on. I am happy with the players' commitment and the players’ attitude. I feel really sorry for them, because I think their effort don’t deserve to lose the game in the way we did it. If we concede two goals in the first 20 minutes, I would say, okay, the best team just killed us in the first 20 minutes. To lose the way we did, in the moment we did, I feel sorry for the boys.