Jose Mourinho says that Manchester United targeted Liverpool defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold and Dejan Lovren on Saturday.
United earned a crucial win over Liverpool with two first-half goals from Marcus Rashford.
The 20-year-old punished a mistake by Alexander-Arnold for the first and capitalised on a defensive mix-up to score his second.
Romelu Lukaku dominated Lovren throughout, and Mourinho says that the Belgian “was confident” he could take on the Liverpool centre-half.
“You can be in control of the game without the ball,” he said. “Against Liverpool you can be in trouble when you have the ball, it allows them to do what they do better.
“I’m not the kind of mechanic coach who says A pass to B, B pass to C. Lukaku was confident, from experience, he could be dominant over Lovren.
“My intention was to give a direct opponent to Arnold. Arnold is fast, but probably Marcus is faster.
Create them problems going in behind their defence.”
“It was a complete performance by us. Even if people think we don’t deserve I don’t care. Three points!
“We won and I don’t care what people say. Three points, very important victory, the boys are happy, I’m happy.”