Jose Mourinho was spotted writing away in his notepad in the first half of Manchester United’sclash with Liverpool.
Sky Sports cameras focused on the Red Devils boss as he frantically scribbled down some tactics, perhaps for his half time team-talk.
Mourinho is no stranger to his kind of thing (As Nemanja Matic will be able to tell you). At Chelsea he was known to scribble down notes for his players to read while on the pitch.
Some would explain a different system, or inform a player of what he expected from them. Others simply read: “Win”.
On Saturday Mourinho’s note didn’t make its way down to the pitch, but he was certainly penning an instruction for his players.
A close-up of his notepad briefly showed what the Portuguese had been scrawling down, and it is very difficult to read.
However, it does appear to allude to the “2nd ball” and there also appears to be the word “Rom”, perhaps referring to Romelu Lukaku.
We’re sure Mourinho’s tactics are far more complex than what we’re suggesting, but it does seem that his plans involved someone winning the second ball, after Lukaku had won the first.
It is therefore interesting that United’s first goal, which took Liverpool completely by surprise, saw David De Gea smash the ball foward.
Lukaku then won the first ball, knocking it down into the path of Marcus Rashford, who won the second ball and then found the back of the net with a wonderful strike.
Coincidence or a stroke of genius from the Manchester United manager? We’ll let you decide that one for yourself.