Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho praises Liverpool's Anfield

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  • Liverpool take on Manchester United on Saturday in the Premier League
  • A number of former United players have spoken about a hostile atmosphere
  • But Jose Mourinho poured scorn on that, saying his players wanted to play there
  • The manager said his players wanted to play in a historically important match 

By Chris Wheeler for MailOnline

Published: 09:00 EDT, 13 October 2017 | Updated: 09:02 EDT, 13 October 2017

Jose Mourinho claims Manchester United will relish the white-hot atmosphere when they meet Liverpool in Saturday's lunchtime showdown on Merseyside, saying 'it is beautiful to play at Anfield'.

Mourinho poured scorn on the ex-United players who have spoken about the hostile reception awaiting his players at the home of their bitter rivals. Mikael Silvestre, for one, described it as 'hell'.

The Old Trafford boss has experienced his fair share of animosity at Anfield as manager of Chelsea in the past, but believes that it will only inspire him and his team. 

Jose Mourinho has heavily praised the atmosphere at Anfield ahead of Saturday's game
Jose Mourinho has heavily praised the atmosphere at Anfield ahead of Saturday's game

Jose Mourinho has heavily praised the atmosphere at Anfield ahead of Saturday's game

Liverpool are famed for the atmosphere at Anfield, especially at the Kop end of the stadium
Liverpool are famed for the atmosphere at Anfield, especially at the Kop end of the stadium

Liverpool are famed for the atmosphere at Anfield, especially at the Kop end of the stadium

'This question is funny for me,' he said. 'When people speak about big atmospheres, it looks like we don't like it and it's a problem for us to go to a certain place. This is what we want.

'I am surprised you speak about that in a negative way. I am surprised when I hear former big players speak about atmospheres like something sinister. 

'It motivates us. If we could have it every match, we would have it every match.

'When Barcelona played against Las Palmas in an empty stadium, do you think the players were happy with that? We are speaking about Anfield like it's a big problem. It's a satisfaction. It's what we want. 

Mourinho looks out at Anfield ahead of last season's game at Liverpool's stadium
Mourinho looks out at Anfield ahead of last season's game at Liverpool's stadium

Mourinho looks out at Anfield ahead of last season's game at Liverpool's stadium

'I never see a player complain this atmosphere is very strong. When we play at home and don't see big enthusiasm with the people, we complain.

'We go to play against a big team with a great tradition in an amazing stadium. We know the fans have a huge animosity against Manchester United historically, this is what we want. 

'We have these beautiful conditions and we are happy to have one more opportunity in our careers to play there. It's beautiful to play at Anfield.' 

The Portuguese boss said that it was beautiful to play at Anfield ahead of Saturday's game
The Portuguese boss said that it was beautiful to play at Anfield ahead of Saturday's game

The Portuguese boss said that it was beautiful to play at Anfield ahead of Saturday's game

Jasper Ray
By Jasper Ray 13/10/2017 09:02:00