Jose Mourinho says derby defeat 'a positive performance'

Oscar Cross
November 12, 2018

It was another brilliant performance by City, who maintain their two point lead at the top of the Premier League table.

It was Kun's ninth Manchester derby goal, and he is fast becoming the most effective striker in this duel, beating Cantona (8) and staying only two behind Rooney (11).

"We made mistakes. We were punished but the fight, the togetherness, it is something we are building and are not going to lose that because of a defeat", he said.

"Despite that, we were stable, we score one goal, the first 15 minutes was so good and after that we didn't press so well".

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. Bernardo put another good shift in today, coming up with an assist for David Silva's opening goal and completed some diligent work in the last ten minutes to win the ball back and see out the victory.

WATCH: Jose Mourinho laments Manchester United's mistakes in the defeat to Manchester City.

Manchester City asserted their dominance over Manchester United by returning to the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 win against their neighbours at the Etihad.

A 44-pass move that allowed Ilkay Gundogan in to finish off the game in City's favour, a general malaise hung over a performance from Jose Mourinho's men that offered little or nothing to the tie as a whole.

"The first one is a bad one to concede and the second one is even worse".

Mourinho reacted by sending Lukaku to warm up before calling upon him on 57 minutes and the Belgian immediately proved his worth as he was brought down by the on-rushing Ederson for a penalty, which Martial converted to give the visitors hope of another comeback victory at the Etihad. "City felt it was hard for them until the third goal".

"For me zero words against my players, everything is positive".

"Everybody has to agree", Mourinho said. 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.

However, Manchester City have been in brilliant form in all competitions and the Citizens were 6-0 winners against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Wednesday night. We arrive in different circumstances.

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