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Even Antonio Valencia Could Not Escape Mourinho Wrath After Liverpool Defeat

Even Antonio Valencia Could Not Escape Mourinho Wrath After Liverpool Defeat

Manchester United lost 4-1 to Liverpool in front of more than 100,000 at the Big House in Ann Arbour, Michigan on Saturday night.

After going behind to a Sadio Mane penalty in the 28th minute, Andreas Pereira equalised via a fine free kick three minutes later. Daniel Sturridge, Sheyi Ojo and Xherdan Shaqiri all scored between the 66th and 82nd minutes to give Liverpool the win.

Post-match, Jose Mourinho cut a tetchy figure, unhappy with the make-up of his squad on the tour of the US. Many of his first choice players are still on a break following the World Cup.

"We play Real Madrid and we have no more players than what we have," Mourinho told MUTV after the game.

"This is not our team. This is not our squad. We start the game with almost half of the players they are not even going to belong to our squad on August 9th. Many of them are not going to be here."

He then criticised two players in particular: club captain Antonio Valencia and Anthony Martial.

Antonio Valencia comes from holiday – I think too much holiday for him. His condition was not good when he was back, then injury and also go back.

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Last week, Martial left the tour and flew to Paris to attend the birth of second child. Mourinho did not sound happy at the time regarding the departure. He also expressed his displeasure last night that the French forward has not returned.

Anthony Martial has the baby and after the baby is born – beautiful baby, full of health, thank God – he should be here and he is not here.

So we have Alexis and Mata who play every minute of every match and now we have Real Madrid and after that Bayern Munich and that’s our start.

Mourinho said that ideally he would like to bring in two more players before the August 9th transfer deadline. Realistically, he expects that there will be just a single addition to his squad.

Liverpool were awarded two penalties during last night's games. Those decisions drew the ire of Mourinho.

"The referees came by mistake," the Man Utd manager said in the post-match press conference.

"They were called by the baseball federation and thought it was baseball but found out it was soccer.

"The atmosphere in the stadium was good but if I was them I wouldn't come. I wouldn't spend my money to see these teams."

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