Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho lashes out at 'baseball' referees

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Mourinho is finding fault with everything but accepting responsibility for none of it, and it is beginning to wear thin.

"They arrived here and it was soccer and they had to be in a soccer game".

Sadio Mané converted a penalty after Mohamed Salah was brought down in the box, however an Andreas Pereira free-kick levelled the game at the interval.

"So no Matic. Antonio Valenica also has an injury".

After the match, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admitted he was shocked by the impact Shaqiri made after just four days working with his new team-mates. We start the game with nearly half of the players [who] aren't going to belong to our squad.

But even the Ivorian centre-half was given faint praise, and a substantial dose of negativity, when Mourinho was asked if he had shown leadership. "I wouldn't come. I wouldn't spend my money to see these teams", Mourinho said. "I don't think anything goes to change with that".

Mourinho referred to some of the players he'd fought to move out of Louis van Gaal's dysfunctional squad: "You look at United players who've left in the past year, where are they playing?" This Liverpool defeat will do little to boost confidence, especially with European champions Real next up in Miami.

The World Cup has hampered United's preparations and Mourinho has now lost the key midfielder who was a standout performer last season.

The Manchester Evening News is reporting that the Red Devils have told the Ivorian defender that he is not on the market this summer as they prepare for the new campaign. He doesn't hold much hope that he will get what he wants.

"We think having a player like Fred in the squad - who is more technical, more quality of passing in short spaces - he can maybe connect (with) the attacking players". I can't see in the moment the need, but there are 12 days to go and a lot of things can happen.

'But I heard as well that Jose found me amusing and one of my biggest goals in life is to make Jose smile!

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