Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho clings to positives after derby defeat

Angelo Anderson
November 12, 2018

The result ensured City climbed back above Liverpool - who beat Fulham 2-0 at Anfield - into top spot in the Premier League.

The best of the rest are doing all they can to keep up, but City are still ahead of the pack. As for United, they are the so-called contenders who are punching well below their weight and their performance at the Etihad Stadium highlighted why they have been so unimpressive this season. Wednesday was the second straight game the team scored six goals in a match, and Man City has 22 goals in its last five contests as it challenges for silverware on multiple fronts. Unless of a miraculous turnaround, the Reds will finish below the Blues like they have every season since Sir Alex Ferguson called it a day.

Posting an image of the club's home jersey on their Twitter account, United drew attention to the presence of a poppy flower for this Remembrance Sunday; "We will remember them".

"United's midfield could not pass the ball forward", Neville told Sky Sports.

Not only was Pogba's creativity missing today but his ability to hold onto the ball was also something the Red Devils' midfield sorely lacked against City's more fluid and impressive engine room. "But his qualities are so, so good, and so important for the team at many different levels". However, he has been a crucial part of his team's recent rediscovery of form, even contributing a goal and an assist in United's recent 2-1 victory over Everton.

Substitute Ilkay Gundogan's strike in the 86th-minute sealed the deal for Pep Guardiola's men and increased the gap between these two sides on the Premier League table to 12 points. United ended this game in eighth position, 12 points behind their cross-city rivals and with a negative goal difference after 12 games.

"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.

"He made some movements with the legs, we can avoid it but he is young, he can improve", said Guardiola when asked about his conversation with the 23-year-old.

When this point was made to Mourinho, the United manager replied sarcastically: "I think we are not going to be relegated". They had two 6-0 wins, relaxed, no pressure, everything nice and easy. We played two matches away, hard ones, the second was a final against one of the best teams in Europe (Juventus), which demanded everything we had to give, physically and mentally.

Jose Mourinho's substitutions did the trick, with Mata and Marouane Fellaini adding a directness to United's attack that Juventus couldn't deal with.

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