"The approach was exactly the same as against Wolfsburg or Borussia Monchengladbach [games they won resoundingly] so I can not agree with the criticism", he told a media conference ahead of Bayern's Bundesliga clash with Mainz on Sunday.
Which side do you think will be crowned Bundesliga champions this season? "It looks hopefully not that serious but for tonight we had to change".
Still, the sting of failing to progress to the Champions League quarterfinals for the first time in eight years will be felt for some time.
The Reds supporters are very confident indeed that they can get past Porto and while it bears repeating that there are no easy games in the Champions League, it's easy to understand why they're so pleased.
The Reds, beaten by Real Madrid in last season's final, suffered an early blow when captain Jordan Henderson hobbled off with an ankle injury.
"We have been in that situation for a while, it's not that we change our mood constantly, we are focused on the season", he said.
"Liverpool don't have that so they rely heavily on the front three".
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It takes an extra-special player to inspire a team to Champions League glory, and during this decade, it has usually been Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi who has been the difference in terms of elevating his side above the rest. We have to put that right. I have been concerned for the last while about the fact that their forwards were not scoring goals, or enough goals to get them over the line in the two competitions, but Mane showed in Munich that he has the ability to do that.
"But (we can use) the thoughts of the run we had, the teams that we beat and the confidence that we gained".
Over three months have passed since the self-proclaimed "Special One" left Old Trafford and the only desk he's been seen behind since are those at beIN Sports.
"But Virg knows he can play better and that we can play better than we did (in Munich). We also didn't have our best day", added the Bayern Munich manager. "We are leading in the Bundesliga and are still in the mix in the German Cup". "You can only take positives".
"Ah, yes. That's unlucky for him, isn't it?" said Milner with a wry smile.
"I think we played too deep, didn't want to make too many risks, and I don't know why".