Ten Quickfire Conclusions As Excellent City Beat United To Go Top

Ten Quickfire Conclusions As Excellent City Beat United To Go Top

Ten Quickfire Conclusions As Excellent City Beat United To Go Top

And Ilkay said victory in the 177th Manchester derby not only sent City into the global break two points clear at the top - it also helped atone for last April's 3-2 loss to United at the Etihad.

Ahead of the clash, which returned City to the Premier League summit and extended their gap over United to 12 points, Mourinho told Sky Sports: "Paul is injured".

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United came from a goal down to win 2-1 in Turin on Wednesday, handing the Old Lady their first defeat of the season in all competitions.

United's late comeback also brought the first goals Juventus had conceded in the Champions League this season, opening up Group H with two games left to play. We made mistakes, we were punished for these mistakes. But City's scouts have so far failed to find a player capable of replacing one of the most important cogs in Guardiola's team.

"I don't like to lose a game and talk about this player who wasn't here".

Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez has been linked with a route out of the club after an underwhelming start to his United career since moving from Arsenal; the Chilean's frequent scintillating man-of-the-match moments with the North London club simply have not been replicated up North.

Those are not the statistics of a team likely to challenge for the title, but despite the evidence weighing so heavily against his side, Mourinho attempted to put a positive spin on United's fourth league defeat of the season. 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.

"We were in a fight to try to get the equalizer", Mourinho said.

"It was very important to score the third goal because at 2-1 it is always a risky game", said Gundogan.

Manchester City, meanwhile, is cruising, most recently taking down Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0 in Champions League play.

The loss of Pogba to injury did not help Mourinho, but by picking a midfield of Nemaja Matic, Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini, he denied his team any kind of attacking flair.

"The boss has given us a little more freedom to move around and I think that way we can do more damage to our opponents", he added.

'We deserved the victory, ' he said after the win.

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