Jose Mourinho compared “absolutely incredible” Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson with his “injury prone” players.
Mourinho watched his Manchester United side fall to a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday, with Gary Neville’s best mate scoring two late goals.
“We have lots of players that I could consider injury prone because some of our players are always injured and it is not with me,” said the Portuguese.
“It was before me. It was if you look to the stats with Mr Van Gaal and before (him) with David Moyes.
“If you look to that period we have lots of players who are permanently injured. When you are permanently injured, physicality is very difficult to get. Then there are qualities that a player has or does not have. You cannot improve or make them have it.
“I will give you an example: (Andrew) Robertson, (Sadio) Mane; (Mo) Salah, (Gini) Wijnaldum, (Naby) Keita, Fabinho – they are physical players and – on top of that – they are good players technically. I also have lot of good players technically but we don’t have lots of players with that intensity.
“When the game has high levels of intensity, it is difficult for us. Our first 20 minutes was difficult. When we had the ball, and the tension and intensity, went down it was easier for us to be in the game.
“You can compare my Porto team with Liverpool. You can compare. The qualities of the players are there. It was my best team in defensive transition. We lose the ball and we bite like mad dogs and recover the ball after a few seconds.
“The players gave everything, and when the players give everything I am never frustrated towards them. I have a good feeling towards them. They play in relation to their qualities, the same way Liverpool play in relation to their qualities.
“They are fast, they are intense, they are aggressive, they are physical, they are objective. They play 200 miles per hour with and without the ball. I am still tired just looking at Robertson! He makes 100 metre sprints per minute. Absolutely incredible. These are qualities.”