Mourinho blames United's Juventus exertions for derby loss

Yolanda Curtis
November 12, 2018

David Silva and Sergio Aguero put the Citizens in a commanding position before Anthony Martial cut the deficit, but it was not enough as Ilkay Gundogan 86th-minute third sealed the points.

Eighth-placed United are now 12 points behind leaders City and 12 ahead of Cardiff City who are in the relegation zone.

It was Kun's ninth Manchester derby goal, and he is fast becoming the most effective striker in this duel, beating Cantona (8) and staying only two behind Rooney (11). "Even defensively, despite conceding three goals, it was a positive performance - it is individual mistakes". "A lot can happen in football, but we are scoring a lot of goals and creating a lot".

The England forward took down a attractive pass from Fernandinho in the second half and should have shot with his left foot first time, but he delayed and let Chris Smalling get back goal side.

"We deserved the victory".

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However, Paul Pogba scored twice in the second half to level the derby clash before Chris Smalling netted a dramatic victor to make Manchester City wait to get their hands on the trophy.

"If United start like they did against Bournemouth, then the game will be over inside 15 minutes".

"It is not for me, after a defeat, to speak about a player who was not here [Pogba]", Mourinho said after the game.

Jose Mourinho's worst nightmare is a porous team, a wonky defence, a hefty goals-conceded column.

Manchester United continued to show their resilience at Juventus in mid-week after the Red Devils were 2-1 winners despite Cristiano Ronaldo breaking the deadlock in the Champions League clash. "City felt it was hard for them until the third goal".

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"I like a lot the way [Sterling] played", said Guardiola, who appeared to voice his displeasure with his player on the pitch at full-time. "I think some of the boys felt it a little bit", he added.

However, Manchester City have been in brilliant form in all competitions and the Citizens were 6-0 winners against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

"Because he didn't play we had to play (Marouane) Fellaini and he wasn't ready to play for 90 minutes".

Paul Pogba missed the game through injury and United could have done with his verve in midfield, which was pivotal when the Frenchman bagged a brace in the side's terrific 3-2 at the Etihad last term.

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