Manchester United will prepare for Saturday’s high-profile Premier League meeting with bitter rivals Liverpool as they would any other match, manager Jose Mourinho has said.
United have made a strong start to the season and are second in the table behind Manchester City on goal difference. They have scored 21 goals and let in only two to sit on 19 points.
“When you are in a big club, when you are a big player, when you are a big manager, every game is important,” Mourinho was quoted by the club website on Wednesday as saying in TV interviews with British media.
“You cannot look at some matches as cup finals and other matches differently. For me, every match is a cup final and I’ve been like this all the time,” he added.
“It’s three points not four. If we are at a moment in a season where the duel between the two teams ensures the result will mean more than three points, then yes.
“Sometimes a draw or even to lose by a certain goal difference is important. In this case, it is not important. It’s just a three-point match. That’s the way I approach it.”
“Do I like to go to Anfield? Yes, I love it. Do I like to play against Liverpool? Yes. I like amazing stadiums, the best opponents but the preparation is not different,” he said.
United will be without midfielder Marouane Fellaini who injured his knee while playing for Belgium, while Liverpool will miss the services of Sadio Mane, who is out for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury he picked up on international duty.
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