The formation and system Mourinho selected could work, but not if you instruct them to retreat and get bodies behind the ball as they did. His tactics of playing midfielders in central defence, and leaving the attacking threat of Alexis Sanchez on the bench was heavily criticised.
While Jose Mourinho's Manchester United reign continues to crumble, and potential replacements being ushered into view, it doesn't seem premature to ponder: where does Jose Mourinho go from here? "I see different actions but what you see is not really inside". So we are here and we have the chance to play a big match.
Former Chelsea forward Sturridge's 50th league goal for Liverpool came in the 89th minute and ensured the Reds remained undefeated in the league ahead of next weekend's clash with Premier League champions Manchester City.
Can Mourinho stay on as United manager? It is a moment that we will all have, that I will have at times, that every manager has.
United full-back Luke Shaw didn't shy away from his share of the blame in United's third defeat in seven league games.
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The defender ensured his blunt assessment could not be overtly interpreted as criticism of Mourinho's tactics after United slipped nine points behind league leaders Manchester City and Liverpool after seven games.
But he fell out of favour with Conte last season, while injuries kept him sidelined as well.
United now look far from contenders, but they can take a huge step towards the last 16 by moving six points clear of Valencia in Group H tomorrow. He is trying to shift the spotlight, trying to provoke a reaction against Valencia in the Champions League...
Pogba was stripped of the vice-captaincy last week, but one of Mourinho's most trusted lieutenants, Nemanja Matic, believes leadership is about how you perform on the pitch, rather than wearing the armband.
Liverpool fans are definitely warming to his recent form, and think that he's undervalued and should be given more of a role in the first team.