Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho clings to positives after derby defeat

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho clings to positives after derby defeat

City themselves will be on a high, having thrashed Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0 in the Champions League, following a 6-1 demolition of Southampton. We played two matches away, hard ones and the second one was like a final for us against one of the best teams in Europe, a game that demanded from us everything we had to give physically and mentally.

"I think we are not going to be relegated", the United boss said brusquely, before offering an upbeat analysis of a game in which Martial's penalty was their only shot on target and their goal difference went into negative figures.

"They were exhausted physically and mentally".

"The way people who don't understand football analyse it is with stats".

"I don't go for stats, I go for what I felt and what I watch in the game and the game was there until minute 80 something".

"For me zero words against my players, everything is positive".

City raced out of the blocks and were nearly ahead inside two minutes.

A big part of the problem for Mourinho's side was that, without an injured Paul Pogba, he was left with a midfield full of industry but with little to no creativity.

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Schmeichel has been especially affected, having watched the helicopter take off from the pitch before it appeared to go into a fateful spin.

"It is not for me after defeat to speak about a player who is not here", Mourinho added. "We had to play [Marouane] Fellaini and he was not ready to play for 90 minutes".

"United when they are 2-1 down, I was thinking "where's the fight and belief that they can get back into this"?"

Indeed, the Citizens appeared to be on course to secure their third Premier League title with a win against Manchester United after goals from Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan in the first half.

To nearly every observer at the Etihad Stadium, the game was controlled by City but the Manchester United manager saw things differently. Fred's slow start to life at Old Trafford has suggested that City had a lucky escape by missing out on the Brazilian because he is certainly no Fernandinho. It's a good question.

The distance between the two teams is already 12 points, an insurmountable obstacle for the Red Devils, and we are only in mid-November. We were stable, we scored one goal, the first 15 minutes was good and after that we didn't press so well.

Meanwhile, Arsenal drew 1-1 with Wolves at the Emirates Stadium in the other Premier League game.

They were rewarded for an improved second-half performance when Mkhitaryan, introduced as a 76th-minute substitute, floated a cross into the Wolves penalty area that evaded everyone before drifting in at the far post.

DF Chris Smalling, 6 - Did not do much wrong defensively but never looked comfortable on the ball, with City seemingly prepared to let him have it.

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