Ex-Liverpool star Dietmar Hamann slams ’embarrassing’ Manchester United and ‘anti-football’ Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has been slammed by ex-Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann. (Getty Images)Ex-Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann has slammed Manchester United’s ’embarrassing’ display against Sevilla and has described the performance as ‘anti-football’.

Jose Mourinho’s side played out a goalless draw in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie in Spain on Wednesday evening.

United were reliant on another brilliant performance by David De Gea, whose sublime reflex save to deny Luis Muriel shortly before half-time kept the score level.

Mourinho’s attack, meanwhile, struggled to trouble Sevilla and Scott McTominay registered the only shot on target for United during the match.

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David De Gea pulled off a sublime save to deny Luis Muriel (Reuters)‘A good Sevilla performance,’ Hamann told RTE.

‘De Gea came to the rescue a few times, from Manchester United’s point of view, it was dreadful, it was anti-football in a way.

‘For a club the size of United, for the money they’ve spent in recent years, I thought it was an embarrassing performance.’

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Liverpool fans love Virgil van Dijk’s reaction to hearing Manchester United’s defeat to Newcastle

Virgil van Dijk couldn’t hide his delight after hearing Manchester United’s defeat. (LFCTV)Virgil van Dijk couldn’t hide his delight after hearing about Manchester United‘s defeat to Newcastle United on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho‘s side were beaten 1-0 at St James’ Park, which gave Liverpool the opportunity to close the gap on second place.

And Jurgen Klopp’s side seized their chance as goals from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah sealed a 2-0 win over Southampton.

The victory means Liverpool are now only two points behind United, and Klopp’s side could potentially overtake their rivals with a win at Old Trafford next month.

Van Dijk, however, had not known United’s latest setback before he faced his former club in Sunday’s final Premier League fixture.

And when told about the result after Liverpool’s win, the Dutch centre-back looked pretty pleased.

VAN DIJK’S INTERVIEW

Interviewer: Were you aware of Manchester United’s result, did that put any added pressure on getting three points today?

Van Dijk: What did they do?

Interviewer: They got beat.

Van Dijk: Did they? Oh… unlucky. I didn’t know, it’s good for us, obviously.

Van Dijk’s interview clearly went down with Liverpool fans, who couldn’t get enough of the defender’s reaction to United’s loss at St James’ Park.

Just seen VVD reaction when he found out united lost. Absolutely epic, I love him just for that 😂👌— liana busby (@libuzbusby) February 11, 2018

@AnfieldEdition @adamgottalent The spirit of Lucas lives on!— VorsprungdurchJürgen (@happydobbin44) February 11, 2018

Vvd unlucky > lucas unlucky

#LFC— My Surname is Khan™ (@ejaz_k) February 12, 2018

VVD being smug is my fave thing, the smirks when he was booed today, laughing when he turned into a left winger for… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…— n (@heytaarnold) February 11, 2018

Vvd unlucky scum lost 😆😆😆— mighty kopites 1892 (@AFGHAN1972) February 11, 2018

That video of Van Dijk when he finds out Man U lost is the best thing ever 😂😂😂😂😂 “unluckaaaay”— Rebecca (@rebecca_Jxx) February 12, 2018

@AnfieldEdition HAHAHAHA— TMS” 🇪🇬 (@TikkaMohSalah) February 11, 2018

@AnfieldEdition Laddddd— 🔴🇫🇮 (@PaceManMane) February 11, 2018

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Mohamed Salah reveals he spoke to Jose Mourinho after Liverpool played Manchester United

Mohamed Salah is still on speaking terms with Jose Mourinho. (Getty)Mohamed Salah reveals he still speaks to Jose Mourinho and insists he has a ‘good relationship’ with the Manchester United manager.

The Egypt international joined Chelsea in Mourinho’s second stint at Stamford Bridge but was given a limited chance to impress before he was sent out on loan to Fiorentina and then Roma.

Salah ended up moving to Liverpool for £36.9 million last summer and has been one of Jurgen Klopp‘s standout performers this season with 28 goals in 34 games.

But despite struggling to get a game at Chelsea, Salah is not holding a grudge against Mourinho.

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Salah says he has a ‘good relationship’ with Mourinho. (AMA/Getty Images)‘We talked at Chelsea when I first came back from the loan spell at Fiorentina,’ Salah told FourFourTwo magazine.

‘We also spoke after the match against Manchester United this season and have a good relationship. We didn’t talk much , but it was OK.

‘Three years ago I didn’t play much, but since day one back in England I wanted to show what I can do. I think I’m doing well.’

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Manchester United keen to beat Liverpool to £40m Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic

Manchester United, Liverpool and Bayern Munich have all expressed interest in signing Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund (Picture: Getty)Manchester United hope to beat Liverpool to sign Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund, according to reports.

Pulisic, 19, has emerged as one of the brightest young talents in Europe since he left America to join German giants Dortmund in 2016.

Scoring 11 goals in 81 games for Dortmund – and a further nine goals in 20 appearances for his country – Pulisic has been repeatedly linked with a move to the Premier League.

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Liverpool are believed to be admirers of the American midfielder and Jurgen Klopp will have money to spend in the summer following Philippe Coutinho’s £142m move to Barcelona.

But United have joined the race to sign Pulisic, according to Sport Bild, with Jose Mourinho keen to bolster his options in midfield at the end of the current season.

The Red Devils signed Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal in January but believe further spending is necessary to close the gap on champions-elect Manchester City ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.

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America midfielder Pulisic has impressed for Dortmund (Picture: Getty)

Jose Mourinho will look to strengthen his squad in the summer (Picture: Getty)Bayern Munich have also expressed interest in signing Pulisic, however, and Bild claim the USA star is viewed as a long-term successor to Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.

Despite the substantial interest in Pulisic, Dortmund are desperate to keep hold of him and are in a strong negotiating position with his current contract running until 2020.

Asked whether the club would be willing to sell Pulisic this summer, Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said: ‘We are planning with him well beyond the summer.’

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Jurgen Klopp congratulates Manchester United as they close in on Alexis Sanchez signing

Alexis Sanchez is on the verge of joining Manchester United from Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp has hailed Manchester United as the Premier League giants close in on the signing of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal.

The Chile international had appeared destined to sign for Manchester City this month, but a deal collapsed with the runaway Premier League leaders unable to agree a fee and refusing to bow to the demands of the 29-year-old’s agent.

Jose Mourinho has capitalised on City’s decision to walk away from the negotiating table and pounced for one of world football’s most revered attacking players, one who has scored 60 goals in 122 Premier League appearances.

Liverpool were linked with a late move for the former Barcelona forward but were unable to compete with the astonishing salary offer which has convinced Sanchez to swap the Emirates for Old Trafford.

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Regardless of the money involved, Klopp believes United should be congratulated for adding Sanchez to their already impressive attacking options.

He said: ‘I have nothing to say about the numbers. But I can’t imagine that Manchester City would leave the race because of money!

‘But Sanchez makes sense for pretty much every team in the world because he’s a very good player.’

Liverpool, themselves, made Virgil van Dijk the most expensive defender of all time when they paid Southampton £75m for the Dutchman’s services earlier this month but Klopp insists he expects his club not to make any further additions before the window closes at the end of the month.

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He added: ‘If something jumped in my face, then maybe we will think about it.

‘First of all we have to use the players we have, high-quality players like Adam Lallana, who couldn’t play in the first half of the season.’

Jose Mourinho calls Jurgen Klopp and Antonio Conte ‘clowns’

Jose Mourinho has fired a fresh jibe at Jurgen Klopp and Antonio Conte. (Getty Images)Jose Mourinho has aimed a new dig at Antonio Conte and Jurgen Klopp after claiming that the pair behave like ‘clowns’ on the touchline.

Both Conte and Klopp are well known for being animated in the dugout, while Mourinho even clashed with the Chelsea manager at Stamford Bridge last season.

During his press conference on Thursday, Mourinho hit back at reports claiming that United fear he could resign at the end of the season.

And when asked if he still had the hunger to win trophies, Mourinho replied: ‘Because I don’t behave as a clown on the touchline, it means that I’ve lost my passion?

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Jurgen Klopp is well known for being animated on the touchline. (AFP/Getty Images)‘I prefer to behave the way I’m doing it. Much more mature, better for my team, better for myself.

‘I don’t think you have to behave like a crazy guy on the touchline to have that passion.

‘That passion you see it every day, the way a person is dedicated to his work, not what you do in front of the cameras.’

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Jose Mourinho urges Jurgen Klopp to explain £75m Virgil Van Dijk transfer after Liverpool boss questioned Paul Pogba price

Jurgen Klopp hit out at Manchester United’s decision to sign Paul Pogba for £89m (Picture: Getty)Jose Mourinho aimed a sly dig at Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp after the Reds agreed a £75million move for Southampton defender Virgil Van Dijk.

The Dutchman will become the most expensive defender in history when he completes his move to Anfield on January 1st.

Van Dijk’s move will smash Liverpool’s transfer record and comes nearly 18 months after Klopp criticised United’s decision to break the world transfer record for Paul Pogba.

Jurgen Klopp’s comments on Paul Pogba’s £89m move to Old Trafford

‘If you bring one player in for £100m and he gets injured, then it all goes through the chimney. The day that this is football, I’m not in a job anymore, because the game is about playing together. That is how everybody in football understands it. You always want to have the best, but building the group is necessary to be successful. Other clubs can go out and spend more money and collect top players. I want to do it differently. I would even do it differently if I could spend that money.’

United fans certainly found Klopp’s decision to sign Van Dijk hypocritical and Mourinho has challenged the German to explain the deal.

Virgil van Dijk will complete his move on January 1st (Picture: instagram)

United broke the world transfer record to sign Pogba (Picture: Getty)‘You know, I think the one that speaks about it in a specific way has to be Jurgen and if I was one of you I would ask him about his comments about one year ago,” Mourinho said.

‘But not speaking specifically about that case because in Liverpool they do what they want to do and I am nobody to comment on what they do

‘The reality is that if they think that the player is the right player for them and they really want the player they pay his amount or they don’t have the player because that is the way the market is at that time.

‘So when we compare now the amount of money certain managers and clubs spend and try to compare that, I am not saying with 10 years ago but three years ago, is to compare the impossible. You cannot compare the realities.

‘Virgil van Dijk is the most expensive defender in history of football, was he better than [Paolo] Maldini, [Giuseppe] Bergomi or [Rio] Ferdinand? You cannot say that, it’s just the way the market is and you pay or you don’t pay.

‘If you pay obviously you pay a crazy amount of money but if you don’t you don’t have the player. Is as simple as that, so no critics at all about what Liverpool did, is just the way it is.’

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Liverpool’s record Virgil van Dijk deal to alter Manchester United transfer plans

Klopp’s show of ambition could prompt United to back Mourinho’s call to spend more (Getty)Liverpool’s record move for defender Virgil van Dijk could have a knock-on effect for Manchester United’s transfer plans, according to reports.

The Netherlands international will complete a £75m move to Anfield when the January window opens, making him both Liverpool’s record signing and the most expensive defender ever.

The transfer comes amid Jose Mourinho’s public concerns over the lack of money United have spent, which has only been highlighted further by Van Dijk’s move which has taken Jurgen Klopp’s spending past the £150m mark.

Mourinho said the £300m Man Utd have spent under him is not enough to catch City (Getty)And, according to the Manchester Evening News, United are now concerned that it is not only rivals Man City that are willing and able to out-spend them, but Liverpool, Chelsea and perhaps even Arsenal too.

That will give Mourinho fresh ammunition in his talks with the board over transfer targets and budget, having claimed the £300m he has spent so far is not enough to win the Premier League title.

United have been linked with a move for Ozil, who is available on a free next summer (Getty)United have generally topped out their spending at £150m, but that has filled their squad with plenty of chaff, rather than brought in the world-class talent that is needed to bridge the gap to City.

Liverpool’s big spending could also further justify Mourinho’s pragmatic approach in big games and allow him to continue to play the underdog card, given that United’s rivals are all outspending them when it comes to signing defenders.

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Speaking earlier this month, Mourinho said: ‘One thing is a big club and another thing is a big football team. They are two different things

‘We are in the second year of trying to rebuild a football team that is not one of the best teams in the world. Manchester City buy full-backs for the price of strikers. When you speak about big football clubs, you are speaking about the history of the club.’

Mourinho spent £75m on Lukaku and £89m on Pogba, but claims it is not enough (Getty)When told that United had spent close to £300m, he replied: ‘It is not enough. And the price for the big clubs, the price for the big clubs is different from the other clubs. So the big, historical clubs are normally punished in the market for that history.

‘When you tell [describe] a club like Manchester United, do you think Milan is not as big as us? You think they are not as big as we are? Do you think Real Madrid are not as big as we are? You think Inter Milan is not as big as we are? There are many big clubs and you say big clubs, I know what is a big club.’

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Pep Guardiola feels sorry for Premier League rivals with Manchester City in brilliant form

Pep Guardiola and Manchester City are on an incredible run (Picture: Getty)Pep Guardiola has admitted he feels sorry for his Premier League rivals with Manchester City sitting comfortably at the top of the table.

City are eleven points ahead of their closer rivals, Manchester United, with Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal even further back.

Guardiola has sparked a record-breaking winning streak at City which could be extended to 17 victories in a row against Bournemouth.

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And with City seemingly unstoppable in their hunt to claim the title, Guardiola admitted he feels for his rival managers like Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte.

‘Of course,’ Guardiola replied when asked if he feels sorry for his rivals.

Jose Mourinho is the closest manager to Guardiola’s team (Picture: Getty)

The defending champions are way off the pace (Picture: Getty)‘Did you listen to me in the 18 months I have been here? Not a bad word have I said about my opponents.

‘United and Chelsea are making enough points to be champions. Chelsea have played ten, won eight, drawn one and lost just one. Those are numbers to be champions.

‘United are the same. They are having an amazing season.

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‘That’s why I say it is not over.

‘It is not over because one draw or loss could change things and we still aren’t halfway through. I have a lot of respect for the others.’

City’s cushion at the top of table means there is room for a slip-up, with their title chances boosted this month when they beat United at Old Trafford.

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Guardiola’s side have yet to be beaten in the league this season and have won all but one of their 18 games.

With Mourinho, Conte and others praying City begin to unravel, Guardiola has insisted he is prepared for when the loss eventually comes.

‘We are going to fight to continue to be unbeaten,’ he said.

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(Picture: AFP)‘That is going to happen, we will be beaten. But we are going to fight to be unbeaten.

‘There is no doubt about that because of the way we played at Leicester, the way we played against Tottenham and Swansea. The players showed me they are still hungry to win another game.

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(Picture: PA)‘We will drop points and then after that, we will see how we react.

‘I’m glad to be where we are, I didn’t expect it,’ he said.

‘I repeat, this is not normal. I expect to lose games and drop more points, but I am glad.’

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp taunts Jose Mourinho over Manchester United Premier League title hopes

Manchester United and Liverpool are both scrapping for a top four finish (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp has told his Manchester United counterpart Jose Mourinho to abandon hope of catching Manchester City and winning the Premier League title.

Pep Guardiola’s record breaking side have opened up an 11 point gap at the top of the table following last weekend’s Manchester derby victory at Old Trafford and won their 15th consecutive game at Swansea in midweek.

Mourinho is yet to concede defeat in the title race but Klopp believes he would best advised to focus on the other prizes that are still up for grabs this season.

‘This season nobody is really fighting anymore for the title. I don’t think United are,’ Klopp said ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Bournemouth on Sunday.

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Manchester City currently enjoy an 11 point lead at the top of the Premier League table (Picture: Getty)‘We will all try to come as close as possible but if City doesn’t have any dropped points then they will probably win it. So does that mean all the others have to stop?

‘To be the best of the rest could be a fantastic target. So it is to try to have the best position in the table which for us for the last, I don’t know how many years, is probably third or second.’

Liverpool are even further adrift of Guardiola’s pacesetters but insists he isn’t jealous of City’s spending power and believes his side would be a match for them if they were to meet in the latter stages of the FA Cup or Champions League later this season.

‘You maybe face the other team twice a season, maybe more in FA Cup for the third time or in the Champions league for the fourth and the fifth time,’ he added.

‘That’s probably possible. Usually you only face them twice and that’s the only moment you should be concerned about them or think about them. There is no other chance

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‘We cannot chase City, like we couldn’t chase Bayern in these times but we could have beaten them in the Champions league final – that’s 100 per cent.

‘We were not worse, it was an open game and nobody saw in this game a team 25 points ahead.’