Ince slams Ole over something Mourinho got ‘slaughtered for’

Date published: Monday 18th January 2021 11:57 - Joe Williams

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Paul Ince has criticised Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for his negative tactics in their 0-0 draw with Liverpool on Sunday.

The Red Devils set up defensively in the first half as both sides struggled to create clear-cut chances until United had the two best opportunities of the match when Alisson pulled off second-half saves from Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba.

Jose Mourinho has often been criticised for ‘parking the bus’ when it comes to games against some of the best sides in the division.

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And Ince reckons that is exactly what Solskjaer did during the goalless draw at Anfield despite Liverpool being “there for the taking”.

“You could see the game plan with Manchester United, you saw it from the first whistle – they defended very, very deep,” Ince told talkSPORT.

“I thought United were very poor in the first-half.

“I remember a few years ago when Mourinho took United to Anfield, he parked the bus and got absolutely slaughtered for it – that’s exactly what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did in the first-half.

“We knew they were going to defend and rely on their quick players like Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford to counter attack Liverpool.

“But I’ve played in Man United teams… you don’t go to Anfield to defend.

“Especially at a time where they’ve got two of their best midfield players playing at centre-half and they haven’t scored in the last two games.

“I wanted to see them have a go at Liverpool, because they were there for the taking.

“This was an opportunity for Man United to go there and show what they were all about, but they just sat deep and it disappoints me.”


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