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 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.
Pogba would have given United the ability to stretch the game, but without the Frenchman, Mourinho could have given his team more adventure and ambition by selecting Juan Mata.
"Cristiano Ronaldo is a player who moves to the left more, but he moves around a lot and in fact, the goal I scored in Manchester came from his cross from the right".
"In terms of watching them at this moment in time, [there is an] absolute gulf between the two teams in terms of performance levels".
"For me zero words against my players, everything is positive", Mourinho said. "Against a team like City, if you make mistakes you will get punished". "The performances, the mentality, the togetherness, belief, the fight until the end is something we are building and we are not going to lose that because of a defeat". It wouldn't surprise me if City win this 5-0, but this is Jose Mourinho, who always turns up in the big games.More news: DR Congo Ebola outbreak reaches 300 cases
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Paul Pogba, meanwhile, did not arrive with the squad at the Lowry hotel and looks set to miss out completely. After all, no manager will ever say that his team lost because of the tactics or players that he selected.
Anthony Martial pulled one back for United from the penalty spot after Ederson fouled Romelu Lukaku in the box.
City were more composed and played like a team that knew exactly what to do in defence and attack, marching on without so much as a sideways glance at their rivals.
It was put to Mourinho that United's title hopes were over because of being equidistant to the top of the table and the bottom three, but he brushed it off. "But we did well and that goal from Sergio Aguero helped us a lot after half-time".