Phil Jones has spoken out about the criticism being sent Manchester United’s way for their role in a goalless draw at Anfield on Saturday.
Jose Mourinho’s men frustrated the hosts from the start as Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera diligently protected the back four.
Joel Matip went the closest for Liverpool, forcing a superb save from David de Gea, while Romelu Lukaku spurned Man United’s best chance in the first half.
And Jones, when asked about those complaining about United’s ‘defensive approach’, told critics to judge United by where they are in the table in May.
“Let them (criticise) – we’ll see where we are at the end of the season,” he said. “We respect our opponents. They are a good team at home with the crowd who get behind their side.”
“We would have liked to have got three points – but Anfield is a difficult place to come and if you can’t win the game you’ve got to make sure you can’t lose it.”
The bottom line is that Liverpool, now with just one win from eight, needed to win more than United on Saturday. And Mourinho, in turn, waited for Jurgen Klopp to gamble – to commit another midfielder forward later in the game and end the numerical advantage over the visitors in midfield, giving Mourinho’s men a chance to strike on the counter.
But they didn’t. Klopp threw on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Daniel Sturridge and Dominic Solanke but never changed his shape and, really, only created one chance of note – just like United.
What Mourinho has said, and indeed what Jones is alluding to here, is that Liverpool’s refusal to take risks and make the game more interesting is not a concern for United whatsoever.