Marcus Rashford scored twice as Manchester United held on to beat Liverpool and move up to second place in the Premier League.
Marcus Rashford, making his first league start since 26 December scored twice in the space of ten first half minutes when Mourinho went for the soft-heart of Liverpool’s defence.
Romelu Lukaku was instrumental in both goals and Liverpool simply could not handle his physical power in the first half.
First, the Belgium striker’s header from David de Gea’s clearance found Rashford charging into the visitors’ box, and he cut inside Trent Alexander-Arnold before firing into the bottom corner.
For United’s second goal, Lukaku held up the ball from another goal-kick before feeding Juan Mata and, although he could not get a shot away, the ball fell for Rashford to score via a slight deflection from Alexander-Arnold.
Jurgen Klopp’s side improved after the break and, with United defending deep, the visitors cranked up the pressure without ever really opening up their hosts.
It took an own goal for the Reds to reduce the deficit when Eric Bailly turned Sadio Mane’s cross past De Gea while attempting to clear at the near post.
That gave Liverpool’s travelling fans hope but their side could not fashion any further clear chances, even in six often chaotic minutes of stoppage time.
United survived to clinch victory in the first of three games here in the next seven days that will shape their season.
Later when Mourinho was asked about how he spotted the weakness in Liverpool he protested that he was not “a mechanic” who demanded “A pass to B who passes to C” but he could not help but admit, that, yes, Lukaku felt he could dominate Lovren and they went from there.
Next up are Sevilla on Tuesday, with a place in the last eight of the Champions League at stake, before they face Brighton in the FA Cup quarter-finals next Saturday.