Published: Mon, November 12, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Jose Mourinho makes weak excuse after Manchester City outclass Manchester United

Jose Mourinho makes weak excuse after Manchester City outclass Manchester United

'So when we came back on the pitch, we played better than the first half.

"The first half was not so good, we played like we didn't want to lose the ball i I don't want to lose the ball, but I want to keep it with the intention to do something".

Liverpool climbed to second thanks to a 2-0 win over Fulham, leapfrogging Chelsea, who dropped to third after a 0-0 draw at home to Everton.

Jose Mourinho was not wrong when he claimed ahead of the 177th Manchester derby that Manchester City are "untouchable".

Guardiola and Mourinho were on the touchline at the start, but the latter retreated, taking a seat between coaches Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna, as he jotted down notes following the opener.

Ilkay Gundogan provided the final flourish to a 44-pass move five minutes from time.

"It is two points", the City boss said.

"Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal, they have numbers to be champions, not just Man City", said Guardiola, who extended his own personal record against Mourinho to just five defeats in 22 matches. All three goals are our mistakes.

United allowed City plenty of possession, but against the champions, it's risky tactic and with only 12 minutes on the clock, the Reds were punished.

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The fact is, Mourinho delivered many excuses as to why United didn't turn up for the derby and why they were dominated by Man City.

A fourth loss of the league season means United remain eighth, behind Bournemouth and Watford, thanks to their negative goal difference.

Despite becoming the first side in Premier League history to reach 100 points in what was nearly a faultless campaign, former City defender Mills feels they have built on that success.

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic was disappointed at the offside ruling and called for VAR (video assisted referee) to be introduced but was proud of his team's efforts. "We are improving and we go together until the end". We are frustrated after this kind of result. "Now we have to go for it and try to build on what we are doing".

"We started the game moving the ball very slowly so it was impossible for us to be risky and easy for Everton to defend", he said.

"I told the players already that one thing is to win two matches at home six to zero, be fresh and relaxed physically and mentally", he added. We were a bit unlucky.

Most of that went on Brazilian midfielder Fred, a player also coveted by City, but who has largely failed to make an impact.

Counterpart Pep Guardiola was pleased with a deserved derby victory that gives City a two-point cushion at the top after 12 games - a stage reached with three unbeaten teams for the first time in English top-flight history.

Ivan Cavaleiro's 13th-minute strike put Wolves ahead after capitalizing on a mistake by Granit Xhaka.

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