Guardiola glad as Manchester City overcome derby fear to beat Man United

Toby Graves
November 12, 2018

When asked if that meant his team now had no title hopes, Mourinho replied: "I think we are not going to be relegated".

Juventus forward Paulo Dybala has insisted he did not insult Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho following their Champions League match in midweek.

"The game", he said, "was open in a week when they play three home games and have 6-1, 6-0 victories, relaxed, everything nice and easy and we play two matches away, hard where the second was like a final against one of the best teams in Europe where we give everything physically, mentally". "Even defensively, despite conceding three goals, it was a positive performance - it is individual mistakes".

Guardiola, meanwhile, was thrilled with his team's performance after they responded well to United's goal, having let a two-goal lead slip in last year's fixture.

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

Guardiola later said he was unhappy with his side - "the first half was not so good" - for failing to press home its advantage, but early in the second half came a second goal.

Anthony Martial pulled one back for United from the penalty spot after Ederson fouled Romelu Lukaku in the box. City's stunning third team goal, however, put the game to bed. The Spaniard is often overlooked by Mourinho, but he can hold the ball, find gaps for his attacking teammates and provide the kind of invention that the starting team was so obviously lacking. Aguero took his goal beautifully, playing a one-two with Mahrez before smashing the ball past David de Gea into the roof of the net.

United now sit eighth in the Premier League table, seven points behind Tottenham in fourth. Mourinho blamed the European competition for United's collapse in the blue half of Manchester.

"It's another thing to beat Shakhtar Donetsk at home and enjoy the game and be relaxed. I think some of the boys felt it a little bit", he added. "We had to play [Marouane] Fellaini and he was not 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.

"I'm not going to give that as an excuse", said Mourinho, a three-time Premier League victor with Chelsea.

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