Danny Mills has claimed he would rather play for Jose Mourinho than Jurgen Klopp, ahead of the showdown between Manchester United and Liverpool this weekend.
He admitted that both managers are clearly top bosses, but that Mourinho would not only suit him better, but that he thinks Klopp lacks a fair bit when it comes to his defensive coaching – something many people would agree with.
He also spoke about the tactics the former Chelsea manager employs, and the fact he isn’t afraid to change things when they’re not working out – something he showed against Crystal Palace earlier in the week as United came back to win from two goals down.
“I’d rather play for Mourinho,” said Mills, speaking on Premier League Daily. “I know he causes a lot of issues but there’s just something about Jose [Mourinho].
“Maybe not this last season, or his last season at Chelsea but certainly in those early seasons. The way he managed people back then, the way he dealt with things and the way he’s tactically astute, happy to make changes, backs his players.
He’s probably more defensive which would’ve suited me. But there’s just something about Jose, I know he bigs himself up as the ‘Special One’, we’ve been through all of that rigmarole several times.”
“Klopp doesn’t work on a lot of defence which would frustrate me a little bit, or it doesn’t seem that way.
“It’s personal preference – I know a little bit more about Mourinho than I do about Klopp and how he goes about things. I’m sure Jurgen Klopp is a fantastic manager and if he likes you, you have all of that enthusiasm.
“But if it was a personal preference I’d still go with Mourinho.”
The game this weekend will be huge – and both managers will want to win, however, ahead of the tie most people are expecting Klopp’s men to be the only ones going out for all three points and looking to attack from the off, with Mourinho and United typically cagey in the six pointer clashes.
A draw would be acceptable for both sides, but there’s no denying for bragging rights and also for the second place in the league, a win would be the result both managers and the players want – with United having far more to prove on that score.