Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has categorically said that “every match is cup final” ahead of his side’s clash with Liverpool this weekend.
The two old bitter rivals meet this Saturday in a high-profile Premier League meeting on match-day 8 with the Red Devils as favourites after their very strong start to the campaign, winning six of their seven opening games and drawing just one, putting them second on the table behind Manchester City on goal difference.
They have scored 21 goals and let in only two, so their defensive discipline will be very crucial when they face off with high paced Liverpool side that has shown a great level of intent in the offense.
The Reds in other hand have not had it so smooth a start to the 2017/18 season leaving them placed seventh on the table with the same old defensive problems.
"When you are in a big club, when you are a big player, when you are a big manager, every game is important," Mourinho was quoted by the club website on Wednesday as saying in TV interviews with British media.
"You cannot look at some matches as cup finals and other matches differently. For me, every match is a cup final and I've been like this all the time," he added.
"It's three points not four. If we are at a moment in a season where the duel between the two teams ensures the result will mean more than three points, then yes.
"Sometimes a draw or even to lose by a certain goal difference is important. In this case, it is not important. It's just a three-point match. That's the way I approach it."
Mourinho also noted that he is happy to travel to Anfield.
"Do I like to go to Anfield? Yes, I love it. Do I like to play against Liverpool? Yes. I like amazing stadiums, the best opponents but the preparation is not different," he said.
Man United will however be without the services of on-form midfielder Marouane Fellaini after he suffered a knee injury while playing for Belgium while Liverpool will miss Sadio Mane, who is out for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury he picked up on international duty.