Sir Alex Ferguson used to tell his Manchester United players that ‘football comes last’ whenever they faced Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp’s side host Mourinho’s men at Anfield on Monday evening as the Premier League resumes after the international break.
Former United winger Nani featured under Ferguson for six seasons and says that the Scot urged his players to ‘win every ball, tackle, race’ in their games against Liverpool.
‘When you play that kind of game it gives you great motivation,’ Nani told Omnisport.
‘It pushes you in the league, it makes you stronger.
‘Ferguson used to say that this is not just a game, it’s a challenge.
‘Everyone must win their battle against their opponent. We’re not just playing, we’re going out there to win.
‘Win every ball, tackle, race, everything. Football comes last. We didn’t always play beautiful but plays hard.
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‘100 per cent [Ferguson] is the greatest manager in Premier League.
‘The way he works, the way he was with us. Not just because he wins all the trophies, the way he prepares, approaches each day and each game.
‘He had the motivation and was strong when he needed to be. He could do the human side.’