Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has put referee Anthony Taylor in a sort of dilemma. United are set to face Liverpool on Monday and Taylor has been appointed to officiate the much anticipated clash.
Taylor lives in Manchester which happens to be very close to Old Trafford. A section of Liverpool supporters have protested his appointment as they fear that the referee might be a little bit biased towards United. Former referee chief Keith Hackett has also expressed his concern on this matter.
The Portuguese gaffer said that ‘it will be difficult’ for the Manchester-born referee as he will be under lots of pressure, “I think Mr Taylor is a very good referee, but I think somebody with intention is putting such a pressure on him that I feel it will be difficult for him to have a very good performance.”
Mourinho is known for his comments on referees and has been fined by FA several times when he was at the helm of Chelsea. The ex-Chelsea manager said, “I have my view, but I learned a lesson by being so many times punished by some words, so I don’t want to say anything about it.”
This will be Mourinho’s first visit to Anfield as a United manager and he is confident that his team will maintain discipline on the field, “Our disciplinary record is really, really good. We don’t have problems at all at this level,” “We are a team that plays with discipline, that is following everything that was told to us in the meetings that we had with the representatives of the Premier League and the referees.”