LONDON (AFP) – Jose Mourinho says his Manchester United team are better than they were last year, as he prepares for a blockbuster Premier League clash against Liverpool.
High-flying United travel to face their fierce rivals at Anfield tomorrow looking to maintain a rich vein of form that leaves them trailing Manchester City only on goal difference at the top of the table.
Mourinho had a mixed first season at Old Trafford, finishing a disappointing sixth in the League but winning the Europa League and League Cup.
But big-money summer signings Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic have impressed in the early weeks of the season.
“I think we are a better team (than we were),” Mourinho told Sky Sports.
“I think it would be unfair to say Lukaku and Matic did not make an impact. We have to admit that and give them what they deserve.
“But also the team give Matic and Lukaku the conditions to arrive the way they have.
“Globally we are a better team. Does that mean we are going to be as successful as last season, winning two titles? I don’t know. But we are better.”
Mourinho, already without France midfielder Paul Pogba, shrugged off the loss of muscular midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who suffered a knee injury while on international duty for Belgium.
Mourinho said he was relishing the clash with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, who have injury problems of their own, with forward Sadio Mane out for six weeks.
“At Anfield I’ve had great moments and I’ve had bad moments,” he added. “They have had happiness against me, they have had very sad moments against me.
“(Now) if they respect me as much as I respect them, we are going to have another one of those matches.”