Manchester United's sacking of Jose Mourinho signifies the end of an era

Jose Mourinho has cut an unhappy figure for much of this season

Jose Mourinho has cut an unhappy figure for much of this season

'I think at times we done that, I think we could have done that even more.

Put simply, Pogba wasn't trusted to be on the field.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp savoured his first league victory over Manchester United and then insisted the Reds were not obsessing over Manchester City, staying exclusively focused on winning the English title for the first time since 1990.

'Obviously there's two deflections but at times when we got back into the game at 1-1, I think we could have gone on to win the game.

The England global was unavailable for last weekend's clash with Manchester United after suffering a foot injury during a midweek encounter with SSC Napoli.

It's always hard to play at Old Trafford, it's always a big challenge. "I'm over the moon about the performance", Klopp said.

These two sides have a rich history of recent meetings throughout the European competitions.

"Jose Mourinho doesn't think Paul Pogba is as good a player as he thinks he is".

Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho did not get
Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho did not get

"Obviously I'd be lying if I said you are not disappointed when you are on the bench - every player is disappointed when he's on the bench", said the Switzerland worldwide.

"But I'm never going to stand in a player's way who is not happy and who is not settled because I have people who are desperate to wear the shirt and who would run through brick walls to wear it".

That followed Sunday's defeat that left them 19 points behind Juergen Klopp's Liverpool side in sixth place and 11 points off the Champions League places.

But history has shown Mourinho should be safe for now.

His 58.33 per cent win record is considerably better than that of David Moyes (52.94 per cent) and Van Gaal (52.43 per cent) and only marginally behind Ferguson's 59.67.

Louis van Gaal was sacked at the end of the season, after winning the FA Cup.

Liverpool will take on fellow five-time winners Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the Champions League, while Jose Mourinho's struggling Manchester United face French giants Paris Saint-Germain.

United's next four games over English soccer's hectic festive period are against Cardiff, Huddersfield, Bournemouth and Newcastle, which either offer Mourinho a chance to make up ground or to slip further into the mire. The Reds reached the final previous year and they've only gotten better as a team since then.

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