Jose Mourinho has to match City spending, says Bryan Robson

Mae Harvey
November 14, 2018

Pep Guardiola's stylish side are now 12 points ahead of United, who languish down in eighth as Jose Mourinho struggles to find their best form.

Fernandinho says he was delighted with Manchester City's derby display, hailing the team's performance as "beautiful".

"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".

United are still keen on Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld and Inter's Milan Skriniar, but it is unlikely either club will sanction the sale of such an important player in January and Mourinho might have to wait until the summer to get his hands on a target of his choosing.

"I think the team played really well, particularly in the second half", he said. And he will be able to put his feet up with City two points clear at the top of the table after an impressive win over rivals United.

United languish in 8th in the Premier League - level on points with Watford and Bournemouth - and have already been knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Derby County. "We are scoring a lot of goals, make a lot of chances, concede few, and that is rhythm".

United are 12 points behind City, and the Portuguese said: "It won't be easy".

"He makes some movement with the legs, we can avoid it", he said.

Jose Mourinho's men had hoped to contend for the title this year after finishing 19 points behind City in the title race last term. United's defeat means they are as far away from City on points as they are to Cardiff City, who are in the relegation zone.

"I don't know. So the people know, he is from Manchester but the people knows the team he supports?"

"'So let's fight to close the gap and jump into the top four, if one day we jump into the top four, we'll see what the difference is".

Having lost their early lead against Cardiff, things went from bad to worse for Brighton when Stephens was sent off for a reckless (and pointless) challenge just after the half-hour mark.

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