Man City assert their superiority as Jose Mourinho holds back Man United

Lukaku forced a penalty not long after coming on and Martial scored for the fifth consecutive matchday.

Manchester United finds itself nine points behind Manchester City amid an overall shaky start to the season.

However, after a much-publicised tussle between the two clubs at the beginning of the calendar year, in which Sanchez opted to ignore the attentions of the Cityzens and move instead to Old Trafford, many would have expected this to be an unmissable occasion for the 29-year-old.

After falling behind to a spectacular volley by Cristiano Ronaldo, United came from behind through a free kick by Juan Mata and an own goal by Leonardo Bonucci, giving them an invaluable three points to reclaim second place in Group H.

Jose Mourinho's worst nightmare is a porous team, a wonky defence, a hefty goals-conceded column. "They're the games that I love to be involved in". We made mistakes, we were punished for these mistakes.


Mourinho was also adamant that United did not put in a poor display at the Etihad, highlighting his team had gone into the match on the back of a more gruelling week than their hosts. We played two matches away, hard ones, the second was a final against one of the best teams in Europe (Juventus), which demanded everything we had to give, physically and mentally.

"In terms of watching them at this moment in time, [there is an] absolute gulf between the two teams in terms of performance levels". "We won't lose that because of a defeat".

"Of course you learn in every game and you're delighted with the result but there are games where you win 1-0 or you draw 1-1, when things are that little bit tighter, and what you learn from those matches you then take into the next one. I was on the bench for that game and I was itching to get on", he said.

He said: "We are outside the top four, how can we speak about the title?" "I can imagine when the result was 2-1, if we bring a fresh Fellaini on, I think they (Man City) would be in big, big trouble".


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