Bayern and Liverpool top among England-Germany clashes at Champions League

"I think he would have liked to have gone public earlier on Jose, and how the club is at this moment in time". I've played so many games with Axel Witsel for Belgium - he's a great player.

"[It was] immediately taken down once it became apparent that it could be misconstrued as disrespectful to Manchester United and Jose Mourinho".

On the contrary Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham have signed players who can play with a lot of energy and can take players one on one easily. If he'd been here for six months, I'd think 'wait until he gets his players in, wait for a transfer window or until it beds in'.

"Against Napoli, other teammates played and they did very well".

Jurgen Klopp's side dominated for long spells on Sunday but an error by goalkeeper Alisson allowed Jesse Lingard to cancel out Sadio Mane's opener.

'I didn't think they were going to score, then obviously the two deflected goals, you know, it deflates us and obviously they go on to win the game. The Reds secured safe passage to the UEFA Champions League round of 16, beat their arch-rivals in such emphatic fashion that they subsequently sacked their manager, and - most importantly - shot to the top of the Premier League table.

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

United currently trail Premier League leaders Liverpool by 19 points and sit 11 behind fourth-placed Chelsea, meaning they now face the very real prospect of finishing outside the Champions League places.

"A football player has to give all every day, maximum every day, every match, every minute", Mourinho said.

"(Klopp) said to me he wanted me to be in the game directly.

"The one thing I could pretty much guarantee you if United were to change managers is that, a year from now, we'd be talking about Paul Pogba as a potential victor of the Ballon d'Or, Romelu Lukaku being on course for 25-plus goals and Jesse Lingard staking a claim to be England's Player of the Year". 'Obviously for them it's disappointing as well as for us.

"We'll need to pull off two big performances, in the first leg and in the return, but we can do it. They'll try to keep pace with us and vice versa".

Tottenham won their first group stage game against Dortmund previous year thanks to Harry Kane's double and Son Heung-min's strike, while the same duo scored in the return fixture at Westfalenstadion.

  • Rosalie Stanley