Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Mourinho Proves He's the Perfect Tribal Fit at Reds ; He First Got under Liverpool's Skin with a Silent Celebration in 2005 League Cup Final

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Mourinho Proves He's the Perfect Tribal Fit at Reds ; He First Got under Liverpool's Skin with a Silent Celebration in 2005 League Cup Final

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THE highlight for some United fans during that apocalyptic throwback 2013-14 season was not Robin van Persie's hat-trick against Olympiakos or Patrice Evra's thunderbolt at Bayern Munich, but Steven Gerrard's slip against Chelsea. Demba Ba will never need to buy a drink in Manchester should he ever visit and Jose Mourinho endeared himself even to those daft detractors who actually thought David Moyes was a better fit for United.

Mourinho, unshaven and wearing a gilet, ran down the Anfield Road touchline, beating his chest and hollering seconds after Willian clinched victory to instigate Liverpool's spectacular title capitulation.

Anfield's and quarter without a have One reason Mourinho is perfect for United is he absolutely loathes Liverpool.

Those blinkered United fans who thought his behaviour was unbecoming at their club are starting to cotton on to how similar Mourinho is to Sir Alex Ferguson.

Mourinho's wry putdowns have begun and his assertion Liverpool are not a 'top club' was as withering as it was wonderful for United fans to read. Tribally, he is perfect.

Mourinho has history with Liverpool dating back to 2007 when he suggested they were a small club and a cup team. His remark about Liverpool's inability to attract eminent names was, like one of his counter-attacks, brutal and precise.

Who was the last genuine star to sign for Liverpool? Luis Suarez was a coup and had gained worldwide notoriety for his World Cup handball, yet he was bought from Ajax. Fernando Torres, coveted by Ferguson, was perhaps the last talent to join them and provoke enviable glances from United fans. Mourinho first got under Liverpool's skins with that silent celebration in the 2005 League Cup final and Liverpool continue to bring out a different side in him.

modest capacity of a century championship contributed to diminishing reputation Mourinho was muted in victory against David Moyes's United in January 2014, subtly apologising to Javier Hernandez and Moyes on the sidelines with Chelsea 3-0 up and offering Nemanja Vidic a sympathetic wink following his late dismissal. …

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